Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Diffusion and Control of Print

Around the year 1450 the advent of printing was starting to change technology. The movable type that enable someone to copy work started the commercial selling of books. Authors can now take their once hand-written book and make hundreds of copies of it. The printing companies needed to spend a great deal of money to set up a press and keep it running. This is why it went hand and hand with capitalism. Most printing press were created in big cities because they were the only ones who could afford them.

Religious conflicts also hurt the growth of the press. They wanted to limit what was being printed. The state also wanted to limited what could be printed and control the press.
As time goes on the press becomes larger and larger and freedom of the press becomes part of the constitution after the War of independence to make sure the church or the state couldn't control it.

*Information from "The Creation of the Media" by Starr


At 11:07 AM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good start. Cite a page number in addition to the book title.

The secular commercial book business began before the era of the printing press with scribal mass production.

Religious conflict was also helped to stimuaate printing. Check out Starr's concept of "antagonistic" development.


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