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Title: Literacy and the electronic revolution : back to the past, or back to basics?
Authors: Frendo, Anthony J.
Keywords: Literacy
Computers and literacy
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Malta
Citation: Frendo, A. J. (2009). Literacy and the electronic revolution : back to the past, or back to basics?. University of Malta graduation ceremony (postgraduate), 23rd November 2009. University of Malta.
Abstract: Circa 3500 BC in ancient Sumer, which is the equivalent of the southernmost part of modern Iraq, society had developed to such an extent that the need for jotting down economic transactions was deeply felt and this in turn led to the invention of writing which at first was tantamount to numerical notations. Eventually writing proper was invented, and despite the cumbersome system used, written communication between humans became possible with the result that there emerged the first sophisticated piece of literature, namely the well-known epic of Gilgamesh which discusses in poetic form the problem of the mortality of human beings.
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