Francesca Barrientos, Elizabeth Foughty
In 1450 the Ottoman Empire rejected Gutenberg's press. To this day, scholars argue over whether or not this event was the beginning of the end of an empire that had until then been at the technological forefront of civilization. Whether or not it actually caused the eventual decline, it almost certainly led to a 50-year stagnation. Gutenberg's press, meanwhile, went on to change society's relationship with the printed word, helping to fuel the Reformation and further the Renaissance. Web 2.0 and social media are today's printing presschanging society's relationship with computers and institutions, accelerating the spread of ideas, and…
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