Eric Bates- Response to Bolter

Bolter Response

Although writing as an idea has been around since cavemen wrote on walls, this form of expression has evolved at an increasing pace since it was first formed. As technology has become more and more developed new ways of recording thought have been found with these developments. Some of these technologies had nothing to do with expressive writing (like the internet) and have become a primary source of finding, reading, and writing anything from letters to a friend to online journals for scholarly research. Many people only one hundred years ago were illiterate, while almost anyone can now go into a library and use public computers to update their Facebook or Twitter.

As Bolter states in his piece, a newer form of technology may replace an older one as the primary means of writing that does not mean that the other form will cease to exist (Bolter 2). With that said, “writing” is being redefined all the time with new ways of expressing ideas through text that were previously thought impossible. Twitter, for example, would have been considered useless in expressing complex ideas only a few years ago due to its one hundred forty words limit, but is not used by scholars and non-scholars alike for a large range of uses (Johnson 1). Every space of writing has its limits and humans seem determine to find and break those limits. If you have something to say that is to long for twitter, you can write a blog and link it on your twitter page.

Writing now occupies a space that has no physical presence; the internet. This gives way to an almost unlimited number of ways to get personal writing out there. While only twenty years ago a person may have had trouble getting a person across the world to read their research paper, now it only takes the click of a mouse to access these types of things. And as the articles and journals and books build up online, new tools are built to find and read them. Human innovation is creating new ways of writing and reading every day, and it can only be guessed at what will be the next major step that will redefine the way we write.

In the past, writing spaces have taken baby step towards new and more accessible ways of jotting down ideas but in recent years, technological advances are at a full sprint (with a new iPhone coming out every week). With that said, it can be stated that one form of expression does not necessarily mean the end of another. With the invention of print, hand writing was out dated and often less visually pleasing Bolter 2), but to this day writing is taught long before typing in school. Although it is difficult to say exactly what will be the next space with which writers use to inform their audience (Telepathic communication perhaps?), it is obvious that there will continue to be newer and easier ways of inputting, updating, and communicating information.


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