Friday, April 17, 2020

Why writing is like weaving

The words “text” and “textile” have a common origin, from a Proto-Indo-European root teks, “to weave.”

Writing and weaving are both acts of creation by bringing together.

A storyteller is a spinner of yarns, and the internet’s founding metaphor is of a web.

If we go far enough back, before printing presses and cameras and photocopiers introduced the notion of faithful reproduction, all transmission is re-creation.

Teks is also the root in the word “technology,” which at one point meant a systematic treatise on an art or craft, or even a grammar, before it referred to a study of mechanical or industrial arts (a 1902 dictionary gives the examples of “spinning, metal-working, or brewing”) and then to digital tech.
Source: Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch

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