Gutenberg’s Printing Press as a Turning point in Modern Society
Name: Michelle Biagi
Course: Turning Points in History
Instructor: Professor Joseph Eble
Criteria for Gutenberg Printing Press as a Turning Point
A turning point entails the landmark moments and forces of change that make up modern history (Liulevicius, 2014). The most important turning point happened way back in 1400. They have helped the human race in their struggle for civilization. These turning points have become a reckoning force in areas that affect people across all parts of the globe. These areas include scientific development, social change, the ever growing wave of technology advancement and innovation, offsets to human intellectual capacity, military techniques for war and natural disasters and most importantly economic development in different economies.
One outstanding impact is the ability to bring not only remarkable changes in the world but also redefining human race’s perspective of the world. This is irrespective of the turning point that makes up modern history. They have provoked human beings to use each day as a compelling turning point of their lives. One outstanding characteristic with the human race is that they are able to invoke change and develop it more for purposes of better innovation and long-lasting transformations in every aspect of their lives (Eisenstein, 2012).
Notably, each turning point in modern history has its own share of impacts to the world. They have assisted human beings to break away from the traditions that despised innovations, stalled development and civilization. The era before modern history did not have room for revolutions; instead things were done with absolute authority and in a certain way. Any digression from the ways set by traditions was a downright taboo (Eisenstein, 2012). Contrastingly, modern society appreciates progression and revolution and inhibits dictates of traditions, thanks to the role played well by turning points.
Among the landmark turning points in modern history, the Gutenberg’s Print Revolution of 1455. It is most influential inventions of all times whose impact is felt around the globe to date. It brought a new meaning to Renaissance, scientific revolution and Reformation eras.
Reasons why Gutenberg’s Printing Revolution is the most significant turning point of all
1. Gutenberg’s Printing Revolution created a platform for new modern mass media
Printed word made it easier for people to look for information and fresh ideas. Ages before printed word, the main form of communication was spoken word. The challenge of spoken word was that people had to memorize texts and information. They had to be trained to recall and pass on that message to another. According to Liulevicius (2014), philosophers such as Socrates perceived writing as a way of encouraging forgetfulness. Print revolution empowered mass media because books, newspapers, pamphlets and journals could be printed in large...