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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195388445
  • 9780195388442
  • 728,697

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A useful counter-argument to the gloomy techno-pessimists, * Henry Farrell, Times Higher Education *
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About Dennis Baron

Dennis Baron is Professor of English and Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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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
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76 ratings
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