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The Dark Side of Technology$
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Peter Townsend

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790532.001.0001

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Knowledge Loss from Changing Language

Knowledge Loss from Changing Language

(p.160) 9 Knowledge Loss from Changing Language
The Dark Side of Technology

Peter Townsend

Oxford University Press

Technology drives standardization, and this includes the death of minor languages, and extinction of small cultural units. Natural evolution of language will also alter meanings and subsequently it totally obscures the underlying cultural viewpoint of the time of writing. Similar difficulties appear in art where current viewers lack the knowledge of mythology and symbolism of earlier art works. In music the types of instrument and music develop, so it is not possible to hear a performance in the way the original generation would have enjoyed it. In each case, the loss of the original meaning is driven by technological advances. Speed of change has increased, so text and words of old books, radio, or TV programmes are dated within less than a generation.

Keywords:   languages, context, art, music

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