"The invention of the written word was the seperating membrane 
dividing the I from the all-that-is-not-I and 
casting Western civilization into a [...] world of
isolation, objectivity, and rationality."

-- Mark Dery "Escape Velocity: CyberCulture at the end of the Century"

"The whole [person] became fragmented [when] the 
alphabet shattered the charmed circle and resonating magic of 
the tribal world, exploding [us] into an agglomoration of specialised
and psychically impoverished individuals, or units, functioning in a world of 
linear time and Euclidean space."

-- Marshall McLuhan, Playboy interview 1969