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“I think we’re in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Greek civilization.”

Andrea Lunsford, professor of English and director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University

From 2001 to 2006, Lunsford collected 14,672 student writing samples—everything from in-class assignments, formal essays, and journal entries to emails, blog posts, and chat sessions. An article in Wired Magazine discusses this “new literacy”.

Some of Lunsford’s findings:

  • Young people write a lot more than previous generations. Why? Because when they’re interacting it revolves around text, what she calls “Life Writing”
  • Students view writing as “good” when it’s performative
  • Students are able to adapt their tone and technique to their audience

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