There’s something happening with the world. I think we can feel it.

As I stew and mull on our world, I keep coming back to Postliterate. It’s been talked about - and people use this word. But I don’t think it means what you think it means. Or at least I don’t think we still grasp where we’re going.

Sure the line is drawn - but there’s something in orality I think we’re overlooking.


“the quality of being oral or orally communicated”

– the dictionary


The world is strange, and I’ve got a feeling I’m getting close to a coherent thought around a thing about a thing. Watch me, get angry with me, and generally follow to see where it goes. Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and archive.

Now, Let’s lay down some expectations here:

  1. No Theology: This isn’t about theology. The word orality is mostly talked about in religious studies, and while I have spiritual beliefs, this has nothing to do with those. I may come close… it does have some historical relevance.

  2. I will change my mind and make mistakes: I’m learning here. I reserve the right to go back on what I said, change/edit after it’s been posted, even change the name of the newsletter itself ( which I’ve already done a few times in its short life ) and generally all other messiness involved with exposing something way too early into the ether than it should.

  3. Life may happen. This is supposed to be a fun pastime to round out my thoughts around my more (non)academic pursuits. I may start and forget to…

About The Author

Nick Kempinski is a nobody that’s been head down in reading, writing and learning about communication & media for his entire life. Failed Psychology - reborn Communications major ( give or take a decade in between ), with a penchant for Sociology. Creative writer, professional musician, radio host, audio enthusiast, father, UI/UX designer, video editor, web programmer, need I say more? No - I really shouldn’t.

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