In the article “Challenging Theories of Knowing,” Patricia Dunn defines composition primarily as writing. Our class defines composition as an arrangement of information in a way that convey a message, done through sound, video, pictures, and written word. When we conflate writing with knowing, it causes a biasism to knowledge. It says that one can only know something if it were able to be written. One can know something from other ways that from reading/writing. There are other types of knowing, such as intuition. Humans have a natural instinct and a predisposed to know certain information. This type of knowledge is gained mostly by experience and not by any sort of writing. This type of knowledge is also hard to document, its not talked about, its just “done” or “known”. There is a common belief that language is the primary form of conveying a thought. Our class challenges this theory by doing just the opposite, we have conveyed messages and thoughts through other mediums in an effective way.
“A medium of communication is not merely a passive conduit for the transmission of information but rather an active force in creating new social patterns and new perceptual realities. A person who is literate has a different worldview than one who receives information exclusively through oral communication.”
– Leonard Shlain “The Alphabet Versus the Goddess”
My belief is that no way of knowing is more important than the other. Each way of knowing adds a new perspective and by combining all of these ways of knowing, we can benefit.