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Introduction

Authored by: Charles Bazerman

Handbook of Research on Writing

Print publication date:  July  2007
Online publication date:  March  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805848694
eBook ISBN: 9781410616470
Adobe ISBN: 9781135251116

10.4324/9781410616470.ch0

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Abstract

In the 21st century, literacy is part of almost every human activity. Both grandly public and personal activities are now influenced by written documents and are organized with reference to distant systems of government, law, economy, religion, news, knowledge, and entertainment. We carry out complex activities and projects that would be impossible without the recorded knowledge, planning, and coordination enabled by writing. Rockets that travel to distant space as well as the automobile on the road beside you rely on devices and components dependent on literacy for design, distribution, installation, operation, regulation, and repair.

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