5 Reasons The Internet Beats Gutenberg’s Press

Posted: April 25, 2011 in technology
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Revolutions, true technology revolutions, only come about once in a decade of blue moons. You can say that Gutenberg kicked off a revolution with his famous press. Firearms kicked off a revolution in warfare. The airplane sparked a transportation revolution, as did the automobile. The telephone and television both lead to a revolution in communication media. But the Internet beats them all.

Here are five reasons the Internet is the revolution of technological revolutions:

  1. For the first time in history, you can reach everybody in every country of the world. OK, maybe not practically, but theoretically. Still, that’s powerful.
  2. Not just anyone could operate the Gutenberg press. You had to have the economic status to afford one and the intellectual or literary status to learn how to operate it. With the Internet, you can be a worldwide publisher with much less clout.
  3. Worldwide communication at the speed of light.
  4. Permanence. Everything you do online is a permanent record. Delete it off your local server and it still exists somewhere else.
  5. The Internet is cost effective and cost efficient for more people in more places than Gutenberg’s press, or its descendants, ever was.

I’m sure there are other reasons the Internet is more powerful than Gutenberg’s press. Can you think of any?


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