Alphabetic memory loss

“The discovery of the alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external characters and not remember of themselves...You give your disciples not truth but only the semblance of truth; they will ne heroes of many things, and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing." —Socrates, “Phaedrus"