"[A] splendid history... Baron's retelling of the history of techno-skepticism is edifying."--City Journal
"Baron offers a breezy overview of the ways that technology is shaping reading and writing practices. This book will be valued in future as a well-contextualized survey of issues that surface among writers in the current online landscape. Today's reader will appreciate the conversational style and the reminders that many of the supposed consequences of the digital revolution were ever thus. Some may smile with recognition as they recall WordStar and the evolution of word processing applications." --CHOICE
"His fast-paced, chatty, engaging history of reading and writing implicitly leads toward some sort of insight about the future."--Frederick E. Allen, Technology and Culture
About the Author
is Professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.