Salon had an interview with Dennis Baron, author of A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution. He discusses how every new technological medium has had it’s detractors. From the written text, to the telegraph, to the printing press; they all had strong contrarians that saw these technologies as “the end of civilization as we know it”. Check out Plato on written words:
I start with Plato’s critique of writing where he says that if we depend on writing, we will lose the ability to remember things. Our memory will become weak. And he also criticizes writing because the written text is not interactive in the way spoken communication is. He also says that written words are essentially shadows of the things they represent. They’re not the thing itself. Of course we remember all this because Plato wrote it down — the ultimate irony.