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Written Language vs. Internet

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Started: 5/3/2015 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Mathlover

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I believe written language is a much more important invention than the internet. Without written language, humans wouldn't be able to code things on the internet. Internet maybe cool but lots of the things on the internet have to do with written language. "Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language." We can talk a lot using written language too.
HeraSentMe

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I believe it's just another step in the ongoing evolution of communication. First was DNA, which conveys genetic, and to an extent historic, information from generation to generation. Then came were the myriad ways organisms convey information by physical and vocal means. Then humans developed symbolic methods of sharing information - gestures, verbal speech, art, etc. Eventually, synthetic verbal language was augmented with written language. The journey led from information being relayed genetically to interpersonal communication, to information that can outlast its original source and be retrievable even if the originator and all his immediate contacts are long since dead. Written language allows the information to be duplicated and transported, both spatially and temporally.
The Internet, while it relies on written language as one of its mediums of communication (and much like written language depends on verbal language), will eventually be more important as a source of data than written language itself. It's multimedia, it defeats distance and time as barriers to communication, it allows for instant crosschecking of any information received, and it functions as a meta-library. Eventually, AI augmented Internet searches and translations will allow individuals to use the Internet not only to communicate, but to assemble and organize information even before learning its content, giving all users access to what will amount to a permanent, ever-expanding memory bank. This has profound implications for education, scientific inquiry, and even the ways human brains acquire and store information.
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Mathlover 1 year ago
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Thanks! I'm just getting more help on my upcoming debate.
Posted by Mathlover 1 year ago
Mathlover
Hi Surrealism! I remember our argument.
Posted by Surrealism 1 year ago
Surrealism
But couldn't we just use the internet to invent a replacement for written language? Besides, most written language is used for the internet anyway. Sure we needed it to invent the internet, but it already exists.

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