A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital by Dennis Baron

By Dennis Baron

Pcs, now the writer's instrument of selection, are nonetheless blamed through skeptics for a number of ills, from rushing writing as much as the purpose of recklessness, to complicating or trivializing the writing method, to destroying the English language itself.

A larger Pencil places our advanced, still-evolving hate-love dating with desktops and the web into viewpoint, describing how the electronic revolution impacts our interpreting and writing practices, and the way the newest applied sciences vary from what got here ahead of. The publication explores our use of desktops as writing instruments in gentle of the heritage of conversation know-how, a historical past of the way we adore, worry, and truly use our writing technologies--not simply pcs, but additionally typewriters, pencils, and clay drugs. Dennis Baron indicates that almost all writing implements--and even writing itself--were greeted at the start 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 paintings of handwriting." either pencils and pcs have been created for initiatives that had not anything to do with writing. Pencils, crafted by way of woodworkers for marking up their forums, have been speedy repurposed through writers and artists. the pc crunched numbers, now not phrases, till writers observed it because the subsequent writing desktop. Baron additionally explores the recent genres that the pc has introduced: electronic mail, the moment message, the internet 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 engaging heritage of our tangled dealings with quite a lot of writing tools, from historic papyrus to the trendy desktop. With dozens of illustrations and lots of colourful anecdotes, the booklet will enthrall somebody drawn to language, literacy, or writing.

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