Atlanta Hawks owner to sell team after revealing racist email
Follow the latest at Breaking News.
Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images via USA TODAY
read the email
Before text, before the 24 letter alphabet that let Judaism and Christianity happen, there was this stuff called hieroglyphs. What does hieroglyph mean? Priestly writing. Hiero is priest, glyph is writing. Writing was something for the elite. So now we have text and we’re going to write our own laws and give ourselves a sabbath and respect the worker and do all these terrific things, live consciously because now we understand that humans are participant actors in the story of humanity. But what ended up happening with text? Did we get a nation of priests? No, a thousand or so years later we still had people who can’t read gathering in the town square to hear text read to them by a rabbi. So an elite gained the capability of the new medium and the masses gained the capability of the last medium. The masses had what the pharaoh had before them, they could basically hear the word of god recited to them, as they said pharaoh used to be able to hear god, so now they had the pre-text ability and the elite had text.
And the next great media renaissance was what? The printing press. And what do you think the printing press would do? It would create a nation of writers, now we have the printing press we can write and disseminate our words to everybody. But what did we actually get in the renaissance? We got people learning to read and an elite printing. If a town had a printing press that was unauthorized by the court, they would go in and burn it down and kill the people because you weren’t allowed to have a printing press, you weren’t granted the access.
And now I look at today’s great media renaissance and that’s the computer. The capability on offer with this thing as I see it is programming. When i first saw a computer in seventh grade it didn’t have software in it, it was just a computer. To get it to do something you wrote a program for it to run. So we looked at a computer like an “anything” machine, the way a writer would look at a blank composition book. But instead of learning how to program I feel that most people are just learning how to write on this thing. Most people are using this to tweet, facebook or at best blog their thinking their thoughts into the window provided to them by the actual user or programmer of the machine.
So what do we get? In the 21st century we see people seize the media capability that was offered to them in the 13th century. We write. And once again a small elite learn how to program.