Internet vs. Printing press
For many years the internet and the printing press are ways of means of communication and exchanging information. The big question here is: what had made the most influence in our society, the internet or the printing press? The printing press took education away from the religious keepers and eventually educated the world. The Internet takes education away from the political keepers and may eventually educated the world without the political interference it now has. Throughout this essay I would explain the importance of both the internet and the printing press in and which one I personally believe made the most impact in society.
The printing press is considered one of the most important inventions in history. This device has made it possible for books, newspapers, magazines, and other reading materials to be produced in great numbers, and it plays an important role in promoting literacy among the masses. It was developed based on early principles of printing, and it has undergone many modifications over the years to meet the needs of people in different eras.
The earliest documented evidence of printing dates back to the 2nd century when the ancient Chinese started using wooden blocks to transfer images of flowers on silk. Around the 4th century, woodblock printing on cloth was practiced in Roman Egypt. The Chinese began printing on paper in the 7th century, and they created the Diamond Sutra, the first complete printed book, in 868. The first movable type printing system was invented by Pi Sheng in China around 1040. This printing device used movable metal type pieces to produce prints, and it made the process of printing more efficient and flexible. Nonetheless, since it was made of clay, it broke easily. In the 13th century, the Koreans created a metal type movable printing device, which applied the typecasting method that was used in coin casting.
By mid-15th century, a number of print masters in Europe were getting closer to perfecting movable metal type printing techniques, and one of them was Johannes Gutenberg, a former goldsmith and stone cutter from Mainz, Germany. Gutenberg’s printing press led to a dramatic increase in the number of print shops throughout Europe. Nonetheless, as the demand for printed materials increased over time, there was a need for a printing press that could produce higher quality prints at a faster rate. In the year 1800, Earl Stanhope from England invented a cast-iron printing press that was capable of producing cleaner and more vivid impressions. Other inventions that followed included the Columbian press, bed-and-platen press, cylinder press, rotary press, Bullock press, linotype machine, and monotype machine. Today, printing is mostly done with the use of computers, and modern printing devices can produce prints at a much faster rate than those that were used in the past. More printing is done in one second today than in a year during the 15th and 16th centuries. In fact, modern technology has made it possible to print and deliver the printed material in less than twenty for hours. Overnight printing has become widespread and even expected, especially amongst hurried executives needing fast business cards, brochures, and other overnight printing services. The printing press clearly made a major influence of its time. I existed for many centuries and made a huge worldwide impact. I was also a one of the few ways nations could communicate and spread the word for news and upcoming events. But what about the internet, how much has it changed our society?
The influence of the Internet has caused a change in the way we shop, communicate, and learn. It is a way to help with our everyday tasks such as banking, paying bills, and shopping took time outside the home. With the Internet, online banking allows people to keep their personal finances on track twenty-four hours a day. While this is nothing new, banks did offer phone services to do the same functions, the fact that online banking can now be combined with online bill paying; late payments are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Even online shopping can save time and energy. Shopping for the latest trends in clothes? Hop on line and pick outfits from your favorite stores. No more going to the mall, finding a parking space, then not being able to find your size. No more pushing a cart around a big box store, and lugging heavy plastic bags to your car. Door to door delivery of groceries means you never have to go to the store again.
The Internet has also closed the gap for many families separated by the miles. While the US Postal Service has progressed since the days of the Pony Express, the Internet has made stamps and phone calls nearly obsolete. During World War II, letters to and from troops were censored and shrunk to nearly microfiche size. With all the processing required, letters often took weeks or months to arrive. Today, a quick email takes seconds to convey feelings of fear and joy to love ones around the world. As the Internet becomes utilized more for emails, emails themselves have become more sophisticated. Pictures and short movies now are seen around the world at lightning speed.
It is probably most famous for the ability to spread information, fact or fiction. We were once limited to news editors of a local paper, then to national cable news. Now anyone can search the globe, visit local papers in foreign countries, and see the views of all sides. This ease of information has also brought with it a large amount of hoaxes, money schemes, and fallacies. Internet websites offering quick money, instant weight loss, and predictions sit side beside websites providing legitimate health information, historic facts, and online stock trading.
In conclusion I believe that both the internet and the printing press have made a great impact on the world. They both had contributed a great deal in moving out society forward for the greater good. We were able to communicate throughout the world thanks to both to printing press and internet. But the one that I thought that made the most influence in our society is the internet without a doubt. The printing press had a massive effect for its time,
but it can in no way compare to the internet in terms of the speed and cost at which the information can be disseminated. Those factors alone change the established playing field in infinite ways.