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ChapterÂ 4 of James Burke’s The Day the Universe Changed,Â “Matter of Fact”
The growth of information in print is linked together with reading, at least it used to be. This video will explore the future of reading:
|Quizzes||Module 9Â quizÂ due Friday, March 10Â at 11:59AM All assignments are due at 11:59 in the morning.|
Do new ways of distributing Information have impacts similar to the printing press? Burke talks about how much moveable type and the printing press changed the world. Can the wider distribution of information and ideas really change the world and can you see similar changes happening as a result of new communication, data management, and storage technologies? In short, compare the changes that the printing press made possible to changes you see today as a result of new technologies being implemented today. Is this a new kind of industrial revolution. Â Do new technologies impact how we read, what we read and why we read it? Does reading even matter anymore? Due Monday, March 13 at 11:59AM
I want to introduce Information Technology as a concept distinct from mechanical technology. It follows different rules and when Information Technology and Mechanical Technology come together in the form of Information Machines such as clocks and computers, magical and terrible things can happen.
Itâ€™s no secret that the turning point in (some people argue the beginning of) the development of information technologies was the invention of moveable type. But whether moveable type took a long time in coming or turned out to be a revolution in information technology, one thing is certain. It didnâ€™t happen because people needed the technology. It happened because people needed the information. The printing press is not a very complicated piece of machinery. In Europe printing presses had been used for a very long time already printing block items like playing cards. Versions of what became the Gutenberg press existed in China and Korea in the twelfth century. So why didnâ€™t the Chinese or Koreans start printing books by the bushel full like the Europeans eventually did, and why did the Europeans t
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The invention of moveable type did a number of things for the creation, management, storage and distribution of information. It:
In other words, the printing press made literacy, as we have known it for hundreds of years, normal. Of course, it also ruined out memories, stored information untouched for years so that later it could misinterpreted and used out of context, and spread inane and dangerous ideas causing war and revolutions.
The insides of a Z3 – the first programmable computer built in 1941
Now we are more than 500 years into this information revolution and the benefits are becoming clear. Being able to read and write is not only considered normal but considered a basic human right even in culture that never had a written language, never mind movable type. But the limitations and costs to this revolution as well. The video The Future of Reading touches on some of these costs. There are mountains of printed texts that canâ€™t be properly maintained. We have become so dependent on printed documents, we have no way of knowing anything without referring to them. They are not as permanent as we thought they would be and some that we depend on are disappearing. We no longer trust information without proper paper documentation.
Now we are in the midst of a new revolution in information and some argue that information stored digitally is not only very different from what was printed on paper; Â it actually marks a reversal of what the printing press did in the 15th century. Consider the four points above. Digitally stored data:
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