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THE WRITING CODE | Preview | PBS

The Writing Code -- a fast paced, educationally entertaining documentary series premiering fall 2007 on PBS (check local listings), tracks the origin, history, art, and technology of writing: the greatest invention in human history. Language made us human. Writing gave us civilization. The subject matter, stressing the fundamental importance of writing in everything we do, has never been covered in a television series before. Featuring authors, anthropologists, linguists, historians, editors and poets, the programs explore the nature and history of writing from Cuneiform and Ancient Egyptian to the Internet. They concern literacy and the alphabet, how writing was invented, how children learn to read and write, how Chinese writing works, how computers have changed the way we write. There are poems, novels, newspapers, laws... and don't forget, signs have to be written too...
Length: 06:51

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