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Oral Tradition and the InternetPathways of the Mind$
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John Miles Foley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037184

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037184.001.0001

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Oral Tradition and the Internet

John Miles Foley

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This chapter serves to alleviate “culture shock” and ease the reader into the unique structure this volume takes on. It demonstrates how this book operates as part of the Pathways Project, and emphasizes the disorientation necessarily involved in abandoning the default medium of the book in order to grasp the dynamics of alternative media. The chapter lays out the terms and definitions to be undertaken in showing how oral tradition (OT) and Internet technology (IT) support thinking and creating and communicating in ways that books can't match. It emphasizes the importance of “thinking outside the book” in order to better understand how media—and human communication—works from the recalibrated perspective this book seeks to engender.

Keywords:   agoraphobia, culture shock, Pathways Project, alternative media, oral tradition, Internet technology, human communication, books

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