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From oracle bones to computers : the emergence of writing technologies in China

Author: Baotong Gu
Publisher: West Lafayette, Ind. : Parlor Press, ©2009.
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It is the first book to provid a systematic historical, rhetorical, as well as critical account of the development of major writing technologies in China, spanning a history of over five thousand years. Baotong Gu covers the development of a wide array of major writing technologies, most of which were native Chinese inventions, including oracle inscriptions, bronze inscriptions, brush pens, ink, early forms of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gu, Baotong, 1963-
From oracle bones to computers.
West Lafayette, Ind. : Parlor Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)683386642
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Baotong Gu
ISBN: 9781602351011 1602351015 9781602351004 1602351007
OCLC Number: 316098303
Description: ix, 267 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : (de)mystifying the Chinese culture --
(Un)loading technology --
Rhetoricizing and operationalizing technology --
Oracle and bronze inscriptions --
Early forms of pen, ink, and paper --
The modern form of paper --
Block printing and movable type --
The Chinese typewriter --
The computer and the Internet --
Conclusion : toward a more pluralistic model of knowledge construction.
Responsibility: Baotong Gu.

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It is the first book to provid a systematic historical, rhetorical, as well as critical account of the development of major writing technologies in China, spanning a history of over five thousand years. Baotong Gu covers the development of a wide array of major writing technologies, most of which were native Chinese inventions, including oracle inscriptions, bronze inscriptions, brush pens, ink, early forms of paper, the modern form of paper, block printing, movable type, the Chinese typewriter, the computer, and the Internet. FROM ORACLE BONES TO COMPUTERS distinguishes itself from other historical studies because it examines these technologies from a rhetorical perspective to explore how the cultural context, especially the role of language and communication, helps construct and shape the meanings of Chinese writing technologies. An innovative feature of this book is its development of a six-element, operationalized model of rhetorical analysis that can be applied to the study of any writing technology. Using this model, the author examines the rhetorical contexts of writing technologies in China in their respective historical periods by examining them in the context of exigency, ideology, participants, knowledge creation, access and control, and communication. FROM ORACLE BONES TO COMPUTERS will appeal to historians, theorists, and teachers across diverse fields of study, such as writing, rhetoric, technology, technology transfer, Asian studies, and cultural studies.

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