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John Scaldini

The History of Writing

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I found the History of Writing for  article to be very interesting. The chonology of written communication has always facinated me because along with being able to keep tract of what is happening in the present the development of writing allowed us to start a historical record. I say a historical record because obviously there were oral traditions before writing however most were probably fishtales as opposed to fact. As a history major I am always interested in how Saga's and Lore became recorded history and it seems to revolve around when different civilizations began seriously recording events through writing. When rulers grasped the power of having their thoughts/actions recorded for future generations civiliation became intellectual.

What I found most interesting is how written language appears to be cyclical. As writing started with pictoral images Emojis are now a common form of communication. Half of my swimmers and even their parents communicate in texts through emojis as opposed to formal language. According to the article Aramaic & Hebrew were based off of Consonants often leaving out vowels and although they often use both abbreviations like Lol and LMFAO are just as common as writing out a full word. It appears that writing has gone from basic images, to elaborate caligraphy with an emphasis on efficiency in the middle ages, and then becoming more abstract during the romantic period. If not a complete cycle written language almost seems like a vortex that is expanding upwards to include more variety while also reimagining itself in more simple and compact ways. 

As we have entered a digital age and the constraints of limited paper or ink resources have vanished. We have millions if not billions of digital forums allowing anyone and everyone to voice their opinion which only 500 years ago wasnt an option for 99% of the people on the planet. Perhaps this expansion of the ability to write/type and the ability to "publish" thought will again change how we write.