Posted by: lrrp | December 24, 2014

Story-Telling in the Past: A Critique of Benedict Anderson and Post-Modern Conceits

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Michael Roberts ….. This essay appeared as a booklet under the auspices of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, in 2002, ISBN: 955-580-068-7, one that took up  46 pages. A modified version became chapter 2 in Roberts, Sinhala Consciousness in the Kandyan Period, 1590s-1818, Colombo, Yapa Publications, 2004. It has also appeared in Colombo Telegraph where readers will be entertained by the blog comments.

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The word “media” connotes a great deal today: it suggests a powerful force, a pervasive influence, a job market and much more. These connotations mark the technological force of the television set and the computer in the contemporary global order. Among academics in the 1950s and 1960s, a similar power was attributed to the written word, that is, to the word in print form (as distinct from palm-leaf). Both phenomena can be treated as signs of modernism. In the 1950s…

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