Get A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital PDF

By Dennis Baron

ISBN-10: 0195388445

ISBN-13: 9780195388442

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

A greater Pencil places our advanced, still-evolving hate-love courting with pcs and the web into viewpoint, describing how the electronic revolution affects our analyzing and writing practices, and the way the newest applied sciences range from what got here prior to. The ebook explores our use of desktops as writing instruments in gentle of the background of communique know-how, a historical past of ways we like, worry, and really use our writing technologies--not simply pcs, but in addition typewriters, pencils, and clay capsules. Dennis Baron exhibits that just about all writing implements--and even writing itself--were greeted in the beginning with anxiousness 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 might "destroy the artwork of handwriting." either pencils and pcs have been created for initiatives that had not anything to do with writing. Pencils, crafted via woodworkers for marking up their forums, have been quick repurposed through writers and artists. the pc crunched numbers, no longer phrases, till writers observed it because the subsequent writing computer. Baron additionally explores the hot 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 heritage of our tangled dealings with a variety of writing tools, from historical papyrus to the trendy machine. With dozens of illustrations and plenty of colourful anecdotes, the ebook will enthrall someone attracted to language, literacy, or writing.

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The king’s barge was accompanied by another carrying musicians who played a set of pieces especially composed for the occasion by George Frideric Handel: the Water Music. The king was so delighted with the music that he had it played three times during that evening. It is quite 31 Christine Mason Sutherland likely that Mary Astell was a guest of Lady Catherine’s on that occasion. At the very least, she would have been aware of what was going on and would almost certainly have heard the music, which was played on the river.

Mary Astell lived in Chelsea, close to the river, and must have known it well. Much, of course, has changed on the banks of the river during the intervening centuries, but much remains the same, for example, the Tower of London, with its Traitors’ Gate opening on to the river, and the Chelsea Hospital and Greenwich Hospital (which I visited), both built by Christopher Wren in Astell’s lifetime. Ruth Perry records one important historic occasion involving the river at which Astell may well have been present (298–99).

Instead of looking at black institutions exclusively, I decided to look at a range of alternative sites of rhetorical education, institutions that had been marginalized by previous histories. I discovered a variety of schools that also spoke to many of the same issues I hoped to address through my initial conception of the project. For example, in addition to its variety of black colleges, Texas was home to the nation’s largest residential women’s college, Texas Woman’s University, founded primarily through the efforts of public-minded Texas clubwomen 16 The Accidental Archivist who fought successfully for a companion school to the state’s male-only Texas A&M.

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