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The digital revolution is showing us that writing is not something that can be codified in classroom assignments or glorified by romantics as windows into Platonic truth. Even Time magazine ("Technology," 1994) remarked how the phenomenal growth of electronic mail and the Internet represents "for millions of people, a living, breathing life of letters" among those not inclined to submit to the formalisms of academia. The often proclaimed death of the novel and poetry, the deterioration of a cultural coherency, and even the decline of general literacy is more a report of the self-fixated concerns of those who hold very narrow definitions of what writing and literacy are than any indications of a significant deterioration in what writing itself is or does for people.