A Better Pencil : Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution
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.
- Hardback | 280 pages
- 157.48 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 612.35g
- 29 Oct 2009
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- numerous halftones
A useful counter-argument to the gloomy techno-pessimists, * Henry Farrell, Times Higher Education *
About Dennis Baron
Dennis Baron is Professor of English and Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Table of contents
Preface: Technologies of the Word ; Introduction ; 1. TeknoFear ; 2. Thoreau's Pencil ; 3. National Handwriting Day ; 4. Writing on Clay ; 5. When WordStar Was King ; 6. Trusting the Text ; 7. Writing on Screen ; 8. Everyone's an Author ; 9. A Space of One's Own ; 10. The Dark Side of the Web ; 11. From Pixels to Pencils ; Works Cited