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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A Better Pencil spends two-thirds of its brief length being an utterly fascinating book, then veers—abruptly and without warning—into being a dull, derivative, and outdated one. Its original ... Read full review

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While not particularly dry, one can't help but wonder if the author is technologically-challenged, or if he really thought it was necessary to explain how how things work on such laymen's terms. Is the target audience of this book really going to need a description of what an Instant Message is? Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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

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