Saturday, February 10, 2007

Printing Press Moves the World From Religious Thinking to Historical Thinking

Elizabeth Eisenstein says that the printing press makes people "think less metaphorically and abstractly, more historically and concretely." Not only do I agree with this statement, but without the printing press, the majority of the public would not have ever been able to read. The ability to mass print led to more people being able to afford to read. With that, people were able to form their own opinions based on what they had just read instead of on what someone had just told them. When reading something, anything, a person is able to put their own spin on that subject, whether or not it is correct is not relevant, when someone hears something, the person telling them the facts is putting their own spin on it whether they know it or not. The printing press is directly responsible for people thinking more concretely.


At 11:57 AM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good quote and discussion.

Printing allowed for the standardization of knowledge and allowed for the creation of historical facts and the fact in general. I am not sure what she means by "concretely." Having accdess to information does allow people to form opinions independently based on their reading of the "facts."


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