Walter jackson ong sj november 30 1912 august 12 2003 was an american jesuit priest professor of english literature cultural and religious historian and philosopherhis major interest was in exploring how the transition from orality to literacy influenced culture and changed human consciousness in 1978 ong served as elected president of the modern language association. Literacy and orality technological determinists large and small the secret ways of human communicating book 2 dec 26 2017 by ruth finnegan kindle edition 000 read this and over 1 million books with kindle unlimited 399 3 99 to buy get it today sep 4 paperback 1548 15 48 prime. Orality and literacy is a book about orality aurality as a way of life and about literacy as an overarching technological transformation of that way of life literacy is an epic triumph that led to the end of the age of epic poetry. Ong on the differences between orality and literacy walter ong characterises the main differences between the languages of oral and literate cultures in these terms it is possible to generalize somewhat about the psychodynamics of primary oral cultures that is of oral cultures untouched by writing
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