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Author Baron, Dennis E.
Title A better pencil : readers, writers, and the digital revolution / Dennis Baron.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Subject Writing materials and instruments -- History.
Written communication -- Technological innovations.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 259 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-254) and index.
Contents Writing it down -- TeknoFear -- Thoreau's pencil -- National handwriting day -- Writing on clay -- When WordStar was king -- Trusting the text -- Writing on screen -- Everyone's an author -- A space of one's own -- The dark side of the Web -- From pencils to pixels.
Summary Computers, now the writer's tool of choice, are still blamed by skeptics for a variety of ills, from speeding writing up to the point of recklessness, to complicating or trivializing the writing process, to destroying the English language itself. A Better Pencil puts our complex, still-evolving hate-love relationship with computers and the internet into perspective, describing how the digital revolution influences our reading and writing practices, and how the latest technologies differ from what came before. The book explores our use of computers as writing tools in light of the history of co.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780199736775 (electronic bk.)
0199736774 (electronic bk.)
9780195388442 (acid-free paper)
0195388445 (acid-free paper)
OCLC # 489708739
Additional Format Print version: Baron, Dennis E. Better pencil. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009 9780195388442 (DLC) 2008055214 (OCoLC)298669024