Creating A Writing Technology

Creating A Writing Technology

Length: 1157 words (3.3 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
Creating A Writing Technology


In reading Tribble and Trubeks’ “Writing Materials” I learned that writing is a product of historical circumstances and cultural values as well as of individual invention.(2). The reading selections enabled me to realize just how much I and many others take modern technology for granted. In the book writing itself is defined as technology, which threw me off very early in this assignment. I’d previously only thought of technology as something that uses electricity or some type of battery. I do understand that writing has been in many ways perfected by technologies such as the typewriter and computer but writing itself as a technology still seems to be a bit beyond me. My lack of understanding did make this project a little difficult yet interesting but what was more difficult was the project itself.

Trying to compose an idea for an invention was a very trying task, but after lots of thought and checklists, I was able to produce an idea that I thought feasible. I found it very easy to think of many different ideas at once and then go through them one by one checking off the things that were wrong or unnatural about them. One of the first ideas I explored was writing in mud. It was natural, I didn’t need many materials and it seemed easy enough. But I came to the conclusion that the text would be difficult to see, as well as understand and the mud would probably crumble into pieces. Another idea I explored was writing in the sand. There were many things wrong with this idea. First, whatever I kept the sand in would be unnatural. Also if the sand was moved, so was the text and lastly where in heck was I going to find sand in my apartment complex.

Finally I found an idea that I thought just might work. I would write a message on the bark of a tree with leaves using that sap from the tree to make the leaves stick to the bark. It seemed easy enough, everything was natural but the only thing was that it probably wouldn’t last very long. This I figured would only be a minor obstacle because as with the invention of all new technologies there would be a few glitches.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Creating A Writing Technology." 123HelpMe.com. 28 Mar 2020
    <https://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=25526>.

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Essay about Creating a New Writing Technology

- Creating a New Writing Technology "Writing, in the strict sense of the word, as has already been seen, was a very late development in human history. The first script, or true writing, that we know was developed among the Sumerians in Mesopotamia only around the year 3500 BC, less than 6,000 years ago. The alphabet, which was invented only once, so that every alphabet in the world derives directly or indirectly from the original Semitic alphabet, came into existence only around 1500 BC" (Ong, 323)....   [tags: Invention Writing Technology Papers]

Free Essays
1294 words (3.7 pages)

Creating A Writing Technology Essay

- Creating A Writing Technology “Enhanced separation of the known from the knower is probably the most fundamental value of writing, from its beginnings to the present. Between knower and known writing interposes a visible and tangible object, the text (Ong, 327).” LOT 509 PLEASE PUT DRYWALL INSIDE THE GARAGE Above is what I wrote using my creative writing technology. I am a general contractor and have my own construction/home improvement company. The company is called Rock Water Construction....   [tags: Teaching Writing Education Essays]

Free Essays
1072 words (3.1 pages)

Creating a Writing Technolgy Essay

- Creating a Writing Technolgy This paper is an analysis of the assignment given to "create" a writing technology. The attempt must be made to write a twenty (or fewer) word text using natural materials only, that is, materials that have not been processed, produced, or man-made. The goal is to create a writing technology that uses natural materials, that has permanence, that is legible, and finally, that is creative. I stumbled onto my "paper" when I found large pieces of bark that had fallen off tall trees on campus....   [tags: Invention Inventing Writing Essays]

Free Essays
1269 words (3.6 pages)

Create a Writing Technology Essay

- Create a Writing Technology I never thought about writing something down with a pen on plain lined paper involved technology. It always seemed to me that those things were around, pen and paper had just been there, for one reason or another for the purpose of writing down things, organizing ideas, or just jotting down notes. Much like Ong says, “The fact that we do not commonly feel the influence of writing on our thoughts shows that we have interiorized the technology of writing so deeply that without tremendous effort we cannot separate it from ourselves or even recognize its presence and influence....   [tags: Invention Writing Technology Technological Essays]

Free Essays
1412 words (4 pages)

Creating Text Essay

- Creating Text The process of creating “text” without using technology appeared to be a simple task that would allow the students to be a creator of his or her unique technology free masterpiece. I just had to come up with a creative, natural way to write text instead of using modern technologies that society takes for granted. How hard and restrictive could this assignment be. I soon found out everything would not go exactly as planned. It took me two attempts and failures before I finally achieved some level of success....   [tags: Writing Technology Technological Papers]

Research Papers
1436 words (4.1 pages)

Trying to Create a Writing Technology Essay

- Trying to Create a Writing Technology Creating a writing technology is a much more difficult task than I first anticipated. I thought it would be rather simple to create text within nature, but my first attempt failed miserably. I found something to act as the "paper" rather easily, but my problem was finding something that would act as the "ink" on my writing surface. I wanted to create something impressive that could be considered a new way to write. Trying to find something in nature, without the help of modern conveniences, was more of a chore than I first anticipated....   [tags: Writing Writers Education Essays]

Free Essays
1626 words (4.6 pages)

Expanding Technology Into the K-12 Classroom Essay

- In 2008, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) developed a plan to expand information/information technology (desktop, wireless technology, handhelds tools, and portable video players) in K-12 classrooms. Moreover, this expansion along with Internet access created a new way to access and send information, thus, impacting teaching and learning. Within the past decades globally, a massive shift advocates that today learners demand a new and more challenging academic skill needs to achieve success in a wireless empowered culture....   [tags: Educational Technology]

Free Essays
2942 words (8.4 pages)

Integrating Technology Into the Classroom Essay

- Lee (2009) study examined a classroom that employed extensive use of technology to determine the differences on standardized assessment scores among students who used computers extensively versus those who had limited computer use. Lee (2009) study found through the practice of instructional methods: 53% of teachers used computers as alternative to worksheets/workbooks, where as 53% of teachers use computers for activities such as reviews, drills and practices, while 33% used computers to promote collaborative learning(van Braak, Tondeur, & Valcke, 2004; Lee, 2009)....   [tags: Educational Technology ]

Research Papers
555 words (1.6 pages)

Inventing A Writing Technology Essay

- "Inventing" A Writing Technology According to Walter Ong, an influential scholar of the relationship between technology and media, "Literacy is imperious. It tends to arrogate to itself supreme power by taking itself as normative for human expression and thought. This is particularly true in high-technology cultures, which are built on literacy of necessity and which encourage the impression that literacy is an always to be expected and even natural state of affairs" (316). Ong would probably agree that literacy is so embedded in our current technological culture that it has become part of the standard of living, a necessary requirement for functioning in this highly professionalized world...   [tags: Writing Technological Papers]

Research Papers
1513 words (4.3 pages)

Inventing a Writing Technology Essay

- When I first started thinking about this assignment, lots of different ideas ran through my head from sticks and sand to pond muck to baking, but I kept running into the fact that almost everything that I thought of utilized some sort of manufactured tool. Ultimately, since I have a soft spot for anything edible, and since fruit is a ready resource in nature, I went to the produce section of the grocery store for some berries and a surface. My problem then though was the fact that paper and traditional writing surfaces are also a technology....   [tags: Invention Writing Technological Papers]

Free Essays
1356 words (3.9 pages)

Related Searches



As I began to gather the materials that I would need I began to realize that this would not be easy. I first had to find a tree in my apartment complex that I would be able to peel the bark from. In doing so I worried whether or not I would offend anyone by peeling trees because after all these were everyone’s trees. No one seemed to mind so I continued my work. Peeling the bark off of a tree was not easy job. Every time I tried I wouldn’t get a sufficient amount of bark so I had to keep trying until I got what I wanted. I began to feel like Plato, this writing thing was ridiculous, can’t we all just have a nice conversation? But that would have been too easy. My next task was to find a tree with sap or some form of sticky stuff (which is gross on many different levels) that would make the leaves stick to the bark. After examining half the trees in the complex I finally found one that had some sort of sticky concoction that would work just fine. And yes I wore gloves and yes they were unnatural but they were safe.

Assembling the project wasn’t so bad. I did it all outside, there was no way the sticky stuff was coming into my apartment. I did have trouble when my hands were sticky keeping the leaves in place bur when I finally did everything sort of flowed at a steady pace. Because of the small amounts of bark that I was able to pry away from Mother Nature, the amount of text was also small. I found this project difficult on many levels; one level was definitely a cognitive level. Understanding writing as a technology was a little different for me because of the conveniences of the modern world today. Being born into a world with already fast moving societal conveniences it’s hard for me to imagine anything other than the modern marvels that we now use. The pencil seems hardly worth all the commotion that it caused. In Dennis Barons’ essay “From Pencils to Pixels”, he compares he pencil to the computer by stating that it too is an advanced technology. (39) Until I began this project that statement seemed a bit off the wall. In trying to create my own form of writing technology I began to understand that from the most intricate right down to simplest invention, that as long as the invention served for the edification of industry for man, it was technology.

Along with the many different views and theories about writing and its technological aspects, Walter Ong has a very interesting approach. In Ong’s essay (which is titled “Writing is a technology that restructures thought”) Ong analyzes the key differences between oral cultures and written cultures and argues that literate cultures like or own produce a fundamentally different consciousness from that produced by cultures of primarily morality, such as the ancient Greece of Homer. (315) It seems to me that Ong is completely opposite of Plato, Ong seems to actually be defending writing as not only a technology but also a valuable invention. In “Writing is a technology that restructures thought” Ong speaks of written text in a very complementary form by stating that it’s rigid visual fixity, assures it’s endurance and it’s potential for being resurrected into limitless living contexts by a limitless number of living readers. (321) Over the past few decades there have been many different technologies and materials used to create text invented, from chiseling into rock right until the pencil was invented, I actually like them all. The invention of the pencil set the standard for advanced technology that was to come, I.e. the ink pen, word processor, typewriter and the ever so important computer. Computers are a part of the majority of the population’s everyday life so along with the introduction to modern technology most of us have been forced to use it. I have to work with a computer everyday and my job would be pretty much impossible with out one.

In conclusion I would like to say that this project has given me an understanding of writing as a technology and also the materials used to write. The progression of writing tools have definitely been a valuable asset to myself and I can only hope that through that history of writing technology and the inventions to come, that everyone will find something that works for them.

Works Cited

Tribble, Evelyn, Trubek, Anne. Writing Materials: Readings from Plato to the Digital Age. Addison Wesley Longman, 2003
Return to 123HelpMe.com