Apparently Socrates in ancient Greece was strongly opposed to the new practice of writing. He thought that it would kill the long-established skill of memorizing and reciting long stories. Furthermore he thought that writing would replace or discourage conversation. It seems ludicrous that any intellectual could oppose writing. However, every innovation involves an element of destruction. Often that destruction is of a popular practice or method. But in general, the net effect of innovation is to grow the whole sector. In the case of writing it dramatically improved the field of communication, For sure recitation diminished (though it survived) but writing transformed mankind’s ability to store and transfer knowledge.
Via Peter Verschuere