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Coming of age tales are not merely stories about growing older. They speak of renewing a community, conquering fear, and pushing back the darkness. We tend to tell them in a heroic mode, which places the leading character at the center of the action. But such stories are best understood as telling a universal tale about an experience that an entire community shared, illustrating how that community itself grew and progressed. This article-coming of age tale-involves not a machine but an application: word processing.