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Orality and the Hypermedia [Group article] (bis)

agosto 30th, 2009 · No hay Comentarios

First of all we have to define both concepts.  Acording to Wikiepdia HYPERMEDIA is used as a logical extension of the term hypertext in which graphics, audio, video, plain text and hyperlinks intertwine to create a generally non-linear medium of information. This term was first used in a 1965 article by Ted Nelson. There are different types of hypermedia as for example: Hyperfilms, hypertexts…


Orality verbal expression in society. The studying of orality can develop countries that are in poverty and help in the process of globalization. We can find the primary orality and the residual orality.

  • PRIMARY ORALITY: refers to thought and its verbal expression within cultures “totally untouched by any knowledge of writing or print.”
  • RESIDUAL ORALITY: refers to thought and its verbal expression in cultures that have been exposed to writing and print, but have not fully ‘interiorized’ (in McLuhan’s term) the use of these technologies in their daily lives. As a culture interiorizes the technologies of literacy, the ‘oral residue’ diminishes.

Some experts say that the HYPERMEDIA has changes the ORALITY. As Perez Tornero mentions, thanks to the hypermedia we can send an oral message from one point of the planet to another, giving a kind of ”globalisation” to the text and without realising how far the person receiving the message is. However, according to Brian and Williams, the hypermedia contributes to the worsening of the language as they, as well as networks, are opened to anybody. Besides, almost anything is accepted and owing to that, some writers transfer some of their bad acquired habits in writing from one media to another. Moreover, a big percentage of the users may write without any kind of information or taking it from poor sources.


  • De la escritura la hipermedia by Jose Manuel Perez Tornero from Comunidad de formadores. Retrieved: 29th August 2009, 15:58 from
  • Hypermedia. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved:29th August 2009, 15:59 from
  • Orality, Literacy, Digitality . In Tarleton State University. Retrieved: 29th August 2009,16:00. From
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