Technology, science, and public writing: historical and contemporary views

4 Apr

Did you know that Plato was a critic of writing? That initially, teachers rejected the technology of pencils with erasers? I learned this from Dennis Baron’s “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technology” http://www.english.illinois.edu/-people-/faculty/debaron/essays/pencils.htm. It situates debates about writing technology in a long historical perspective. 

Deborah Blum explains that the ire aimed at science bloggers comes from a long-standing bias against public science writing. http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/2010/10/17/the-trouble-with-scientists-2/

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