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  - 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

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

User Review  - Gerard Brown - Goodreads

I cannot say this was a page-turner. Many books were able to leapfrog over it when I would curl up for bedtime reading...why? Baron has chosen a fascinating subject - the transformations wrought by ... 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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