The dominant organ of sensory and social orientation in pre-alphabet societies was the ear—“hearing was believing.” The phonetic alphabet forced the magic world of the ear to yield to the neutral world of the eye. [We were] given an eye for an ear.
Western history was shaped for some three thousand years by the introduction of the phonetic alephbet, a medium that depends solely on the eye for comprehension. The alphabet is a construct of fragmented bits and parts which have no semantic meaning in themselves, and which must be strung together in a line, bead-like, and in a prescribed order. Its use fostered and encouraged the habit of perceiving all environment in visual and spatial terms—particularly in terms of a space and of a time that are uniform,
The line, the continuum—this sentence is a prime example—became an organizing principle of life. “As we begin, so shall we go.” “Rationality” and logic came to depend on the presentation of connected and sequential facts or concepts.”