What Losses Come with Writing?

Writing, as Socrates, pointed out, is an information technology of absence.

Yes, we don't need the speaker-become-writer to be present, but, as Socrates and Barthes so famously point out, writing kills in several ways:

Therefore, Derrida claims Western culture is permeated by an obsession with presence. (What else could explain all those instructional CD-ROMs with video presentations of talking heads that take up lots of bits and bytes when one or two sentences of print would do a better job?)

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