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Glassboro- Rowan University professor and author Dr. Diane Penrod is available to speak on a variety of topics related to the Internet, e-mail and new media in general. Penrod, a member
Glassboro- Rowan University professor and author Dr. Diane Penrod is
available to speak on a variety of topics related to the Internet, e-mail
and new media in general. Penrod, a member of the Rowan University
College Writing Department and advisor for the Master's in Writing
Program, earned a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in English (composition
and cultural studies), an M.A. from Syracuse in theoretical linguistics and
a B.S. from Medaille College in Buffalo in media communication. She is the
author of <+>Miss Grundy Doesn't Teach Here Any More: Popular College
and the College Composition Classroom.<+> Her book <+>Composition and
Convergence: The Impact of New Media on Writing Assessment<+> currently
is under consideration by a publisher.

Some views from Penrod include:

Internet culture does mirror real life. People's on-line actions or
concerns, including gambling problems, addictions and virtual rapes,
often reflect what occurs in the <+>real<+> world.

Parents who let children access the Internet without speaking with
them are as bad as those who let their children watch television
without guidance. <+>You don't put a six-year-old in front of Jerry
Springer,<+> she says. <+>You don't put the same six-year-old in front of
the Internet unattended.<+> The Internet is a tool, she emphasizes,
and we need to control it.

We are writing more today than in recent years, when we were
more orally based. However, communication in our culture has been
reduced to the superficial ? superficial news, superficial politics,
people in general talking in sound bites just like the politicians they
elect.

Two-tier literacy exists. Studies show that families earning more
than $40,000 tend to own computers, those earning $40,000 tend
not to. This may lead to underemployment for those lower on the
economic continuum. <+>This frightens me in a big way,<+> Penrod says.
<+>A lot of people will be left behind.<+>

While computer technology will not replace books and printed text,
it will become the preferred means of communication in the next 20
years, Penrod predicts. She encourages people to invest the time
and learn the technology. <+>The beauty of words has been replaced
by the economy and efficiency of information,<+> Penrod says.