A Better Pencil

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195388445
  • 9780195388442
  • 647,417

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A useful counter-argument to the gloomy techno-pessimists, Henry Farrell, Times Higher Educationshow more

About Dennis Baron

Dennis Baron is Professor of English and Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.show more

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 Citedshow more