According to Hobart, Schiffman, and Ong, what cultural group uses the metaphor memory = a container? How does that metaphor affect the way we conceptualize what the past is?
Compare these sentences about the human mind:
What kind of culture does the speaker of each sentence live in: is it oral (pre-literate; only spoken language), pre-print (writing is available, but not print technology), print, or computer culture? How can you tell? What metaphors (mind = X; memory = X) do you find here? What might one expect of oneself and others if one thinks of memory / mind in this way?
How does Ong define "literacy," and how does Street define it? If Street is correct, is the "memory = container" metaphor the only way we currently think? What other metaphors for memory operate at our moment? Would specific metaphors dominate the way people of certain groups conceptualize their worlds? What impact might the multiplicity of conceptual schemes have on communication among various cultural, social, or institutional groups?