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The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (Volumes 1 and 2 in One) Paperback – 4 Mar 1982
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The Printing Press as an Agent of Change A full-scale historical treatment of the advent of printing and its importance as an agent of change, first published in 1980. Full description
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this amazing book not only showed me the impact of print culture human learning, it, perhaps more importantly, showed me what human learning was like BEFORE the ability to standardize texts through printing.
be warned: it's dull as dirt.
I will caution, however, that this is a very academic book. She spends a fair amount of time refuting people who disagreed with her. It is also designed for historians. I'm no dummy, but some stuff went over my head. (If you know the following phrases and people, you'll be fine: Plutarch, incunabula, Tridentine, Rabelais, Marlowe, the _Digest_, Cujas.)
I gave it five stars because it was definitely worth slogging through, but I wish I had gotten the abridged version instead.
Excellent history and philosophy reading when you look at it from the right angle. It ranks up there with Drahos - Philosophy of IP, Kuhn's, Sorensen's thought experiments, Thoreau's selected journals, Dewey's how we think and Einstein's ideas and opinions.