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Inside George Veditz’s World: Revolution at a Distance

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The Cards Printed by David Call

Mr. George Veditz! Slainte to the man! He is the game-changer. Veditz versus Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell) battling over intellectual turfism and this become a serious matter of respect. I decide to name the post in honor of Veditz: Revolution at a Distance. Veditz’s omission of the Revolution. He argues that while AGBell overtly avoids the subject, he covertly refers to it. Unlike many other scholars, Veditz believes AGBell chose to end his narrative at the year 1913, that it was not an accident. The year, 1913, Veditz makes a thunderous statement:

 As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs. And as long as we have our films, we can preserve signs in their old purity. It is my hope that we will all love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people.

George Veditz reminds me of Ben Franklin who set up America’s first library, they look the same. Glasses. Confident. Intellectual. “Any textual feature can be called an accident of circumstances, and can therefore be considered meaningless and uninteresting”-Christopher Looby writing his thoughts about Franklin. That questions remind me—then becomes: Why could not AGBell admit his weakness when he had plenty of time to write thousands of other things? Veditz suggests that AGBell did not want to deal with the fact that signed languages is the answer of all: communication, knowledge, information, and….intellectual turfism or intellectual property because he had hoped it would wipe off the face of earth, if at all.

Before reading below, the importance of verbal imposture that Veditz found the time to examine the language bigotry wherein AGBell verbally deceives Veditz and its Deaf people. Despite ignorance, with proximity, the events presented incongruous versions of sign languages and focus on Oralism. Veditz notes that this sort of contradiction appears throughout, and AGBell’s ideologies are never established. This is a function of the piece-meal nature of Veditz’s world, shows that sign languages were simply ignored. Ultimately, the alienating nature of sign languages and AGBell’s belief that self the function of Oralism that must necessarily produce an inaccurate self.

Meanwhile, it is the gaps that in Veditz’s gaps in strength that refer to the Revolution, such as textual self-difference: Veditz believes that sign languages are a choice to use it in a paternal voice after AGBell’s quote, “grand central principle…should be the retention of the normal environment during the period of education.  [Alexander Graham Bell, Memoir Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race (National Academy of Sciences: Washington, DC 1884), 46] shall noted as textual self-difference.

AGBell do not have the final act as speaking his deficit thinking to make decision for Deaf people, in short to fashion for himself a hate monger just like his father and grandfather. AGBell argues that signed languages is what allowed Americans to support AGBell as the authority of the father to shun ASL, which is exactly what the Revolution was all about what Veditz believed in and to deny AGBell’s outline suggest that the real subject of the narrative was Veditz’s words had said it all.

Veditz knew the importance for sign language in ancestry and lineage, and the value of logical continuity. Veditz begins his revolution by directly addressing AGBell, and spends some time on his lineage of preserving sign languages—for him; however, the importance is subverted by what AGBell leaves out of this background.

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George Veditz with permission by the Deaf Artist Warren Miller

In the subject of sign languages, Veditz begins by examining the acrostic poem, which became the all-time poem in Deaf community. In the poem, Veditz’s name comes from social rules and norms thus tying his individual subjectivity in with the symbolic order. He goes on to discuss and preserve sign language, the model of father role as original representative of the law. And in the film, he launched the project, Preservation of Sign Language and told the story beginning from the golden ratio of Deaf community: National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Thanks to Library of Congress, the mother of all libraries to preserve the film.

Then that shows Veditz, was able, through sign language he loved, created self-confidence in mediation with others. Finally, he shows that AGBell, rather than become a master of language, actually came to worship Veditz and submit himself. Happy birthday, Mr. Veditz and I thank you for your commitment. You deserve the best birthday!

-JT

Copyright © 2016 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

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