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

By Dennis Baron

Pcs, now the writer's software of selection, are nonetheless blamed by means of skeptics for quite a few ills, from dashing writing as much as the purpose of recklessness, to complicating or trivializing the writing strategy, to destroying the English language itself.

A higher Pencil puts our advanced, still-evolving hate-love dating with desktops and the web into standpoint, describing how the electronic revolution affects our examining and writing practices, and the way the newest applied sciences range from what got here earlier than. The booklet explores our use of desktops as writing instruments in mild of the background of verbal exchange expertise, a heritage of the way we like, worry, and really use our writing technologies--not simply desktops, but in addition typewriters, pencils, and clay pills. Dennis Baron indicates that almost all writing implements--and even writing itself--were greeted firstly with anxiousness and outrage: the printing press disrupted the "almost non secular connection" among the author and the web page; the typewriter used to be "impersonal and noisy" and could "destroy the paintings of handwriting." either pencils and desktops have been created for projects that had not anything to do with writing. Pencils, crafted through woodworkers for marking up their forums, have been quick repurposed through writers and artists. the pc crunched numbers, no longer phrases, until eventually writers observed it because the subsequent writing desktop. Baron additionally explores the recent genres that the pc has introduced: e-mail, the moment message, the net web page, the weblog, social-networking pages like MySpace and fb, and communally-generated texts like Wikipedia and the city Dictionary, let alone YouTube.

Here then is an interesting background of our tangled dealings with a variety of writing tools, from historic papyrus to the trendy desktop. With dozens of illustrations and plenty of colourful anecdotes, the ebook will enthrall a person drawn to language, literacy, or writing.

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