What I gained from this class was a sense of what the oral tradition and the oral culture is and was. Sometimes it made me a little sad, there was a constant feeling of nostalgia looming over the Ong and Kane books. But I guess those books and classes like this are keeping the oral tradition alive. Not only is the oral tradition still alive in our modern, everyday lives, but it is highly relevant as well. This is probably the most valuable thing I've learned from this class: the relevance of oral cultures and memory in my life. It makes me think of knowledge, of what it is, in a completely different way. Knowledge and wisdom are traits that one inherits and internalizes through learning and through experiences. It's always in you although you may not always realize its there. This is where memory comes in, to invoke internalized knowledge and to shape experiences. What does experience mean unless you have the knowledge to give it meaning? The meaning applied is what transforms into personal knowledge, which is then used as a tool for living a valued life. I guess the most prominent aspect of Ong's 9 characteristics, for me, was orality's agonistic qualitity. Adding and building upon knowledge is what will ultimately lead to wisdom. Our memories are so amazing this way because we can store knowledge and keep it there, if we learn how. By the time I'm 80, I'll(hopefully) have a plethora of knowledge and it will all make sense to me. I will then write a book of everything I learned and pass on my anticipated wisdom.