[Humanist] 24.286 when phonographs were new

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Wed Aug 25 23:49:24 CEST 2010


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 286.
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        Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:36:12 +1000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: when phonographs were new

A textual representation modelling (and therefore reducing) an oral 
performance:

> That is a wonderful machine, but it is cruelly true. It told me, in
> its very tones, the anguish of your heart. It was like a soul crying
> out to Almighty God. No one must hear them ever again! See, I have
> tried to be useful. I have copied out the words on my typewriter, and
> none other need now hear your heartbeat, as I did.

-- Mina Harker, in Dr Seward's Diary for 29 September; chapter 17 in Bram 
Stoker, Dracula (1897)

Yours,
WM

-- 
Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Professor, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney,
www.uws.edu.au/centre_for_cultural_research/ccr/people/researchers;
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