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heckthepolice2 wrote

I generally agree that we don't need to like, abolish writing necessarily, but

orally, information can become corrupted or forgotten or manipulated, while writing is more long-lived

I think it's worth noting that some cultures have developed really reliable records of history that don't rely on writing. For example. I know that some aboriginal Australian cultures ahve systems of storytelling where iirc the veracity of a story is verified by three generations of storytellers, meaning they have reliable records stretching as far back as the end of the last ice age (far, far longer than any written records we know of). So I don't think we should discount the value of oral traditions in preserving knowledge. But yeah, there are certain types of information for which that would be a lot harder.