From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technologies. Dennis Baron. This article contained some interesting facts about the origins of. In “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technologies,” Dennis Baron attempts to explain the histories of writing technologies. Baron, Dennis. (). From pencils to pixels: The stages of literacy technologies . In Gail E. Hawisher & Cynthia L. Selfe (Eds.), Passions.

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Dennis Baron’s “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technologies”

It denis this pencil technology, not inherited wealth or publication royalties, that provided the income for one of the greatest writers of the American renaissance. The Stages of Literacy Technology. Of course, as more and more people do business on the Internet, the security of transactions, of passwords, credit card numbers, and bank accounts becomes vital.

We take word processing as a given. As the accessibility of the technology becomes more widespread, the public begins to put it to use doing familiar things. The Pencil as Technology. But to do these things, he was also an engineer and marketing expert.

A hobbyist cannot decide to make a wood-cased pencil at home and go out to the craft shop for a set of instructions. Once he developed the best pencil of the day, Thoreau saw no sense in trying to improve on his design. Now that they have become more popular you can buy one for three pennies due to the development of mass production.

Theories of Literacy

You are commenting using your Twitter account. In present time, teachers advise everyone to use spell check on their assignments before they are turned in. The pencil may be old, but like the computer today and the telegraph init is an indisputable example of a communications technology. But then, as now, there was little written on pencil manufacture.

William Harris argues convincingly that no more than ten percent of the classical Greek or Roman populations could have been literate.

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Some people feel that the computer baro the answer for illiteracy in the world, however many parts of the world cannot afford computers or have access to the World Wide Web. The simplest one-word Web search returns pages of documents which themselves link to the expanding universe of text in cyberspace. The new computer communications technology does have ability to increase text exposure even more than it already has in positive, productive ways.

Security experts, well aware of the problems of digital fraud, are developing scramblers, electronic watermarks and invisible tagging devices to protect the integrity of digital files, and hackers are probably working just as hard to defeat the new safeguards.

But just fromm writing in the middle ages was able to move beyond earlier limitations, computer word processing has now moved beyond the texts made possible by earlier technologies by adding not just graphics, but animation, video, and sound to documents. By the time Gesner observed the pencil, it had been adopted as a tool by note-takers, natural scientists or others who needed to write, sketch, or take measurements in the field.

Not only must the new technology be accessible and useful, it must demonstrate its trustworthiness as well.

People had to learn how to converse on the telephone: Someone intent on committing more serious deception can with not too much trouble alter text, sound, graphics, and video files. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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Our cereal boxes and our soft drink cans are covered with the printed word. The students won this one, too: Of course writing never spread very greatly in the ancient world. I found this article to be very interesting. In some cities, news and sports broadcasts were delivered over the telephone, competing with the radio Marvin In the brave new world virtual text, if you chain an infinite number of monkeys to an infinite number of computers, you will eventually get, not Hamlet, but Hamlet BASIC.


He and his rival, Faber, founded German pencil dynasties that also survive to this day. Overall, I found this article to be very interesting!! The Stages of Literacy Technology Dennis Baron The computer, the pixele development in writing technology, promises, or threatens, to change literacy practices for better or worse, depending on your point of view.

Rather, he designed them for a living. The Politics of Literacy. But even today, most written text does not transcribe spoken language: The pencil also abron about another problem — authentication. Of course the telephone was not only a source of information.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Watermarks identified baroon provenance of paper; dates and serial numbers further pizels documents, and in the absence of other authenticators, stylistic analysis may allow us to guess at authorship on the basis of comparative and internal textual evidence. Digitized text is even easier to corrupt accidentally, or to fiddle with on purpose. Computer operators actually scorned the thought of using their powerful number-crunchers to process mere words.

Because of demnis high cost of the technology and general ignorance about it, practitioners keep it to themselves at first — either on purpose or because nobody else has any use for it — and then, gradually, they begin to mediate the technology for the general public.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Computerspeak enters ordinary English at a rapid pace. Plato was one leading thinker who spoke out strongly against writing, fearing that it would weaken our memories. Email required Address never made public. One of the greatest pixelw about computer communications today involves their authentication, and their potential for fraud.