Boy reading from the Torah according to Sephardic custom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"As it becomes possible for more people to become authors, we must wonder whether the value of words is diminishing. When scribes hand-copied manuscripts, word by word, every word had a certain value. That explains why the Torah scrolls, each of which is hand copied by a scribe, are so valuable. Now, it seems that words have become cheapened and lost part of their importance."
Arthur Asa Berger, (2009), What Objects Mean: An Introduction to Material Culture, Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press.