The Printing Press

The printing press completely altered the Western Civilization at such a deep and basic level that we never even ponder it. It has been one of the inventions that signaled the end of the Middle Ages and ushered in a new era.

Among many other things, the printing press:

  • Created the first mass media, and consequently, a broader public sphere for discussion and debate
  • Played a major role in the advancement of science
  • Reduced the need for most humans to rely on memory – therefore weakening it.

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