Polling Booth: Penmanship on Life Support
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Polling Booth: Penmanship on Life Support


As most people get more and more dependent on their computer keyboards for communication, writing a note in longhand is becoming a more alien (and even crampy) experience. Cursive handwriting now seems like a particularly archaic skill, much to the dismay of traditionalists, who fear deficiencies in cognitive, motor, and communicative skills. In a fascinating Star article, proponents of “progress,” like U of T professor David Booth, bid good riddance to perfect penmanship. “We can mourn all we want, but font is the future,” Booth says. “There are lots of people clinging to the wreckage and notion we’re going to go back to it. We won’t.”

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