The dying technology
Monet Henson, Division 3, College junior

Computers are forever going to be the reality for the rest of our lives and the beginning for those to come. As we would expect, this creates a new industry where many people talk about Nano chips, laptops, and applications, but we all miss the technologies we take for granted. The written language, the way we are able to decipher and transpose words on a sheet, painting, or chalkboard is irreplaceable. The power of words in poems, scripts, books has brought people to tears from generation to generation. Things as simple as a signature have so much power and influence in the way we run society. This is why this technological advancement has become one of my personal favorites. The written language has proven to be one of the best technologies available to people; it allows us to keep record, express emotions, and translate languages and terms.

Whether it was symbols or letters made to form words technological advancement of the written language has been pivotal in record keeping. Modern day bedtime stories told out of a book would have been written across caves in figure long ago. As archaeologists uncover more and more hidden caves, there is a presence of many stories passed along by the cave paintings. This gave the cavemen a record of how the story flows and modern civilizations a record of the caveman lifestyle. Encryption from ancient Egypt are used to speak to different gods to help the body to be persevered during the mummification process. They were also used as warnings for those who tried to disturb the body. They kept record of where every mummy was buried and who they were. They kept record of who all sat at the throne, as well as who was the next heir. These encryptions allow us to understand the advancements made during this time period and enhance them. The early laws of the founding fathers of America were written on the Constitution that every law succeeding was based after. The document is now public information and on display for public to see the ground work for the world’s first democratic-republic government. The ability for the characters on a page to tell stories, build civilians, and command government practices leads the ultimate conclusion of its power and influence.

The written language not only gives us the gift of object truth but it opens the door to appeal to empathy on a wide range audience. Think about your favorite poem or quote. What makes this stand out to you; the way the words are written, the shape the words on the page, the meaning behind the words? Now ask yourself how that emotional response came to you from a collection of letters or symbols? The unexplained reaction from merely reading words off a page happens to transpire into an emotional connection that allows you to appreciate and even live by those words short of long. Throughout time books have made people cry, laugh, give understanding or simply took up time, allowing many people an outlet to find an ‘escape’ of the stress of the world. The relief of taking a small portion of your day to take a drive into a piece of literature in whatever form it comes in (books, magazines, articles, poem, etc.). The more we read the more connection we make, taking more knowledge to the next subject. The message everyone receives from the same text all has significant say in how words impact every person so differently. This is a technology that is always changing, enhancing, and advancing. The constant progression tends to make the world seem more open for intellectual understanding.

Understanding is vital to the progression of the world; details can be forgotten and rearranged, however, the documentation of words builds a foundation for true understanding, leaving a smaller range for misconceptions. The written language allows us to see the foundation and step towards putting the puzzle of innovation. By recording and finding connections with words, people are then allowed to further progress whatever problems may arise. Translators help shape the understanding of how we name new things, communicate in other regions, as well as gives meaning to new words. The progress of reading allowed people to see that there are many ways to say the same thing. The confusion led to the invention of translators such as the dictionaries, thesauruses, and instruction manuals. Development on global scale becomes increasingly attainable thanks to seeing things written on paper. Even modern technology only thrives off the written terms and codes placed in the machines; they are then used to produce an outcome. Typing on a keyboard sends an encrypted message to the screen based off written codes within the computer. Written language is the basis and builds on constantly innovating new and improving old technology. Manufacturing new ideal and ground breaking discoveries have to be laid out in some form of written communication if it is truly going to help progression. Tomorrow’s great innovation will be based off the ground work of some form of written language. This universal truth can only improve the progression of the world and the foundation of the written language can only enhance the time in which the goals set forth are achieved.

The written language has held an unprecedented reputation when it comes to being a great innovation. It is continuously evolving to bring people together and with the proper knowledge can be universal to all. Translators have made it easier for us piece together greater meanings. Words, symbols, and figures are everywhere and their prominence is so large that they even structure the way societies are ran. No innovation of progression has more influence and power than the written language. Continuing on the path of global technological advancements, there will always be a written staple of how the invention came to be. Even the words of this essay has incredible impact on the reader making it the most vital technology and one we should indeed give more acknowledgment to. Illiteracy across the globe has held so many people back from the greatness and beauty of the written language. Educating people on how to read can break so many barriers that any new technology could now accomplish.

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