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The Rise of Newspapers and the Penny Press

             Johann Gutenberg, inventor of Europe’s first printing press in the 1450’s, unexpectedly created a demand for knowledge and news.  Impressively, over 50 years after his invention, “an estimated 500,000 books were in circulation, printed on about 1,000 presses across … Continue reading

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what type of technology?

I chose this picture to reflect McLuhan’s pronouncement that “movable type was archetype and prototype for all subsequent industrial development.” The printing press was a major shift in text technology that changed the ‘authority’ structure of society completely and revolutionized … Continue reading

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