Neither Fixed Nor Fluid

For most of our history the word was fluid. The written word, like its spoken counterpart, could be adapted, often by accident, often on purpose, made to speak to the needs and wants of the audience.

The word was flesh.

But then that fabulous technological leap, the printing press, a mere five hundred years ago, changed how we conceive of the written word.

The word became fixed and static.

But now the word and our conception of it is on the move again. In our digital age the word is not fixed and yet not entirely fluid either. We cut, paste, delete, and tweet. We all turn to page thirty eight together.

What new adventures with the word await us? Only technology will tell.

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WordsDavid Creech
Image: Jim Kast-Keat
Music: Dexter Britain