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The alphabet effect : a media ecology understanding of the making of Western civilization

Author: Robert K Logan
Publisher: Cresskill, N.J. : Hampton Press, ©2004.
Series: Hampton Press communication series., Media ecology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is a study of the evolution of writing systems. It describes the role the phonetic alphabet has played in the development of Western Civilization, in contrast with the role of pictographic writing systems in China and elsewhere. Because the alphabet is so much a part of our information environment, we often take its existence for granted and are blind to its effects. Drawing a variety of conclusions about  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert K Logan
ISBN: 1572735228 9781572735224 1572735236 9781572735231
OCLC Number: 55645069
Description: xiv, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Alphabet mother of invention --
2. The origin of writing --
3. The origin of the phonetic alphabet : the invention of the mother of invention --
4. Non-Western writing systems --
5. A comparison of Eastern and Western writing systems and their impact on cultural patterns --
6. The development of phonetic writing and codified law in Mesopotamia --
7. Alphabet, monotheism and the Hebrews, the people of the book --
8. The phonetic alphabet and the origin of Greek science and logic --
9. The impact of alphabetic writing on the Greek spirit --
10. The Hellenistic and Roman world empires --
11. The Arabs and Islamic culture --
12. Numerical notation and the mystery of zero --
13. The Middle Ages and the return of alphabetic literacy --
14. The printing press : enhancing the alphabet --
15. Print, the alphabet and science --
16. The social and cultural impacts of the printing press --
17. The alphabet in the context of the electric age of information --
18. The alphabet in the context of the electronic era of knowledge.
Series Title: Hampton Press communication series., Media ecology.
Responsibility: Robert K. Logan.

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This work is a study of this evolution of writing systems. It describes the role the phonetic alphabet has played in the development of Western civilization. Drawing a variety of conclusions about  Read more...

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