"The Rise of Writing: What happens when people write more than they read?"
Originally broadcast March 8, 2015.
Prerecorded March 6, 2015
Have you noticed how much you’ve been writing lately? How many emails, texts, and Facebook
posts you compose on any given day? Have you realized how much more you write than you read?
Deb Brandt has and she wants us to all understand that we are experiencing a mass-writing
revolution that will change our culture forever. On this episode we discuss the shift of focus
from reading to writing and look at how it has changed both the workplace and the ways in
which people express themselves.
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Deborah Brandt is professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the
author most recently of The Rise of Writing: Redefining Mass Literacy (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
For nearly 30 years at UW-Madison she taught undergraduate writing at all levels, as well as
graduate courses in literacy studies, contemporary writing theory, and research methodology.
Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim
Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation,
and the U.S. Department of Education, among other sources.
In 2003 she was awarded the Grawemeyer Award in Education for her book
Literacy in American Lives (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
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