Printing Press

Printing Press

How the printing press effected the media world
If it were not for Johan Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, literacy would not be where it is today. That is way the invention of print is considered a communications revolution. One of the aspects that will be discussed is how society pre-existed before the printing press and how information was collected and distributed through out the communities.

Literature was becoming a lot more popular so the world was ready for an invention that would help this need for more literary material. An important aspect is the invention of john Gutenberg’s printing press and what progression happened after it and what impact it had on Europe and the world.

Before paper and print were invented, oral communication was the only way information was gathered and distributed. Everything from tax to politics and legal matters were discussed orally. This type of communication was face to face and only people present could hear the message. Even though this bound the community together, it did not allow the community to grow and there were no ways of storing information except in the brain, also if the community moved on or perished so did their historical records and knowledge. But not everybody was illiterate. The local priests were educat

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This changed when a gold smith from Germany experimented with printing and invented the printing press in 1440AD. An increase in literacy in Europe means Education also grew in the European community. One very important reformer that used the printing press to get his opinions across to the church.

The church was the only manufacturer of books like illuminated manuscripts (500-1500c), scrolls which were practical for reciting literacy text and codex which were reference books, made from parchment or animal skin.

Printing was around the same time as people were reforming against the church. He first produced indulgences to make money and printed his first bible in 1455AD....

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