A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution

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OUP USA, Oct 29, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 278 pages
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A Better Pencil examines the digital revolution in light of the history of writing technology. Baron looks at how we love, fear, actually use our writing machines-not just computers but typewriters, pencils, and clay tablets-how we deploy them to replicate the old ways of doing things while actively generating new modes of mass expression; how we learn to trust new technology and the new and strange sorts of texts that it produces; hwo we expand the notion of who can write and who can't; and how we free our readers and writers while at the same time trying to regulate their activities.

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Review: A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution

User Review  - Dominique Pierre Batiste - Goodreads

An interesting study in Cultural Forms, in this case, specifically, writing and writing intruments Read full review

Review: A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution

User Review  - Jane Hammons - Goodreads

Baron is a linguist and gives a good overview of the history of communication. I began reading this because I teach writing but I ended up really liking it for many reasons. It does inform my teaching ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Dennis Baron is Professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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