I wrote why the most interesting thing about
@joinClubhouse audio app is that it may finally force us to reckon with oral psychodynamics and how it fits with our ruling but not dominant print culture: a tension that's been there since rise of social media. https://zeynep.substack.com/p/the-clubhouse-app-and-the-rise-of …pic.twitter.com/cDmjzlrjt0
(And yes, this is just an intro into the topic, and mostly bringing out something I had written ten years ago).
Yes, that is where I went after reading this as well. How does the shift to oral change how society operates, where power is derived, etc. My initial thought is a shift to tribes and religion, and those who can weave the most powerful stories (and hit the right emotions) win.
Think social media memes fall into the same category, don't they? They're basically a visual form of orality, like quotations or puns, except in a visual form.
I think that they may be a version of orality in that the pictures provide the context/subtext that would usually be conveyed via all manner of physical and vocal cues in speech.
There's also some important connections to be drawn, I think, between our concepts of copyright/authorship and different kinds of psychodynamics: it is often difficult to reconcile modern, ephemeral forms of expression with laws written with the printed word in mind.
To Ong and Postman I would recommend David Olson and Jack Goody as deep thinkers on the orality/literacy question.
The printing press created the EDITOR, which is a quality boosting factor in communication. Today, we barely have spelckeh, when we need to be checked against the semantic web for bad facts and inferences.
Wasn't it the rise of email which brought forth an uneasy hybrid of oral and written communications, as opposed to purely oral phone calls? Over the years there was a shift in average email style from more to less formal because people were missing the simplicity of talking.
However, written communication, even it has all the characteristics of oral, has one big difference: time to think. This is why it's so attractive to introverts (read nerds) and why I'm skeptical that the tech crowd will move to Clubhouse en masse.