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.