common criticisms of signwriting?

Trevor Jenkins bslwannabe at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 24 12:41:09 UTC 2009

hi Kim,

I too am atypical. I have dyslexia yet love to read --- especially difficult
philosophical and theological texts and high-quality literature. But this
differentiates me from many of my associates as much as your own situation
distinquish you from other D/deaf people. We all love to read and use text
but others don't (or can't be bothered).

Our post Post-Modern society could well see a total decline in textuality;
we've already seen the reduction of much intelligent discourse in politics,
etc as Postman suggested.Pessemistic I know but I fear this result is the
conclusion. How this will affect D/deaf people with their general literacy
skills and their specific need of sign language notations remains to be
seen. I am not hopeful.

On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 3:49 PM, Kimberley Shaw <skifoot at> wrote:

> Hello Trevor:
>     you have valid points ... but maybe I wasn't 100 percent clear
> about my own point of view.
>     My Deaf friends and I may be unusually biased in favor of the
> written word. One of these friends is a published poet, and the other
> one is an absolute bookworm. I am myself a librarian, and as a born
> hard-of-hearing person, have always found newspapers and books to be
> much more reliable ways to be informed than the frustrations of not
> quite getting all the info from TV and radio. So, maybe we're all
> three of us a little immune to 21st-century Fox-style celebrity
> culture! Except of course for when Marlee Matlin's on a certain dance
> show and we're all blogging about it and gathering around the computer
> to watch the after-broadcast version of her episodes...
>   In talking about being text-centered, I was actually thinking more
> in terms of languages (like some Native ones) which have never been
> written down, versus European and Asian languages which have been
> written down for a very long time.
>     So, I still wonder about my friends' contradictory responses.
> Best,
> Kim from Boston
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 4:48 AM, Trevor Jenkins <bslwannabe at>
> wrote:
> > Hi Kim,
> >
> > I'm not convinved that we do live in what your called a "text centric
> highly
> > literate world". Various pundits (Neil Postman "Amusing Ourselves to
> Death"
> > (1985) for exampe) have long argued that the late 20th and early 21st
> > century are an unliterate society and meaningful debate has ceased....
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Regards, Trevor.

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