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The Invention of Printed English

Lydia H. Liu

in The Freudian Robot

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780226486826
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226486840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226486840.003.0003
The Invention of Printed English

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This chapter provides a detailed historical analysis and technical explication of the twenty-seven-letter English alphabet to explain and analyze Shannon's invention of Printed English. Under the influence of digital media, all coding systems—in machine, language, neural networks, and genetic inscription—have been subsumed under a single unified and universal system unprecedented in the history of world civilization. The historical relationship between Basic English and Printed English is explored in the chapter to explain how the Anglo-American empires of the mind came to be grounded increasingly in the politics of writing and communication technologies. The mind-testing games of Jung on the one hand and the cybernetic games adopted by information theorists and scientists at the Macy Conferences on the other are analyzed and compared to bring the nature of the psychic machine of postwar technoscience to light.

Keywords: English alphabets; civilization; coding systems; mind; digital media; technology

Chapter.  23127 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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