The Technology of Letters
We can easily misconstrue that technology is synonymous with machinery or automation. Of course, technology is not just machinery. One might say more accurately, that technology is the application of knowledge to solve a problem or improve a pre-existing condition. In this sense, wheels, forks and books are not just technologies, but each are fantastic technologies.
I wonder, are letters technology? or when strung together as words and sentences, do letters become technology? Like much good technologies, when deployed optimally, clearly, or succinctly, letters arranged as words can rise above the mechanistic, they can attain mercurial, resilient, cooperative, dynamic, flexible, adaptive properties. And expressive. We have been relaying on letters for so long and in so many ways and yet, we rarely think of them as the technology that they are, fantastic technology.