“The Typographic Mind” by Neil Postman


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“The Typographic Mind” by Neil Postman
According to Neil Postman, the “typographic mind” was most importantly a literary mind. Typography refers to writing; thus, the typographic mind is one that focuses on the written word, even when that language is spoken out loud. Postman argues that even though once in American history most individuals were trained in and prepared to think through a typographic mind, today Americans are much less interested in the written word and our listening and metaphorical understanding and processing of it. There are four major qualities of the typographic mind, the use of literary language within the writing and speech; knowledge of the issue by the writer/ speaker and the readers/ audience; being able to...
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..... – which would refer to reproduction and children, but a metaphorical fertility that meant that Daniel Webster had many illustrations that he could use (Postman 57).
Postman’s argument about what makes up a typographical mind is convincing. It seems that people of the past were more likely to read and study deeper literature that we do today, which allowed them to better learn how to have and use the four qualities discussed above. Today, in our fast-moving culture that rewards quickness and short attentions, the typographical mind is no longer a central idea of how we think and speak.
Works Cited
Postman, Neil. “The Typographical Mind,” Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. New York: Penguin, 1985, 2006.