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By Dennis Baron

ISBN-10: 0195388445

ISBN-13: 9780195388442

Pcs, now the writer's device 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 procedure, to destroying the English language itself.

A higher Pencil places our complicated, still-evolving hate-love courting with pcs and the net into standpoint, describing how the electronic revolution impacts our studying and writing practices, and the way the most recent applied sciences fluctuate from what got here ahead of. The e-book explores our use of desktops as writing instruments in gentle of the background of verbal exchange know-how, a background of the way we like, worry, and really use our writing technologies--not simply pcs, but additionally typewriters, pencils, and clay drugs. Dennis Baron exhibits that just about all writing implements--and even writing itself--were greeted in the beginning with nervousness and outrage: the printing press disrupted the "almost non secular connection" among the author and the web page; the typewriter was once "impersonal and noisy" and could "destroy the artwork of handwriting." either pencils and desktops have been created for initiatives that had not anything to do with writing. Pencils, crafted through woodworkers for marking up their forums, have been quick repurposed via writers and artists. the pc crunched numbers, no longer phrases, until eventually writers observed it because the subsequent writing computer. Baron additionally explores the recent genres that the pc has introduced: e mail, the moment message, the net web page, the web publication, social-networking pages like MySpace and fb, and communally-generated texts like Wikipedia and the city Dictionary, let alone YouTube.

Here then is an engaging background of our tangled dealings with quite a lot of writing tools, from historical papyrus to the trendy machine. With dozens of illustrations and plenty of colourful anecdotes, the publication will enthrall an individual attracted to language, literacy, or writing.

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