Sunday, May 08, 2005

Ong on the Interiorizaton of Technology

"All technologies (the processing of wood and metal, textile work, bridge building, automobile manufacture, chemical industries, and so on) affect man's interior sense of his lifeworld, his sense of himself in relation to the universe, and thus enter into human consciousness to change its structure. But nowhere does technology enter into the structures of consciousness in man's interior life so intimately as when its used to transform the word itself by means of writing, print, and electronics. For the word comes from the interior; to touch it is to touch consciousness directly" (144).

Ong, Walter J., SJ. "Reading, Technology, and the Nature of Man." The Yearbook of English Studies 10 (1980): 132-149.

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