Visual and Acoustic Space
SCMLA, took notes rather than live blogging. Lost notes. Have now recovered them. These are my notes.
for PhD looked into glossalalia, tying it into culture and mountain witches
Looking at Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong, etc.
acoustic space – ear as primary function
how function in oral society
time is unfixed, fluid
sound disappears –> going out of existence
sound dynamic indicates presence and power
acoustic –> shows there (lion roar)
v. image of lion
acoustic = names have power
don’t speak curse
man situated within space, within God’s space
acoustic can hear what is behind
visual can only see what is in front
acoustic = community
from interior of one goes into interior of another
visual = distances
can read without connection
visual –> leads to separation and division
function of symbol
Ong- radio, TV
McLuhan- included computers
digital rebuilds communities
renewed sense of community
not like original oral communities
problems with secondary orality
overlaid onto the visual
grounded on visual space
benefits of secondary orality
“speaking silence” Ong
silence = active, dynamic of acoustic space
can encounter God in active silence
silence doesn’t change–no beginning or end, so it is fluid
empty spaces in visual are like silence in acoustic
empty in visual = potential
situated in our empty space in visual
empty space –physics –void, black hole, vacuum
but Frank Close says light + light = darkness
sign that God exists within darkness
light in light can be darkness
shows potential in empty space
secondary orality and the media
foster awareness of self as situated
think of these silences
empty page as silence
language has lost power because we are overwhelmed with sound
negative effects–potentials/benefits may let us revisit and develop positive
Richard Lanham secondary orality –like primary participation and feedback
words dynamic, not fixed online, so can change
good and bad to that
importance of practice theory–>
eye contact, pacing, voice, gestures = 2nd orality
Really? Seems like these would have been important during orality in general.
empty space could be negative potential
(salt thrown behind you to get the devil in the eye)
I screencast-o-matic for feedback.
No spaces for reflection.
Wonder if feedback gives them time.
They have to write my comments into their papers.
So should I have silence in the feedback?
Silence is not necessarily a bad thing.