Gutenberg’s Printing Press and Social Change

Gutenberg invented the printing press around 1439. With his printing press, information could be disseminated to a lot of people. It used wood cut prints and progressed to metal movable-type print.  Ink was put on raised letters, like a stamp, and pressed onto the paper with his printing press. His printing press could get information to a lot of people, so new ideas spread quickly! Ideas like  denouncing the church (which was Catholic) spread fast with the invention of a printing press! Since the printing press made copies of works without re-writing them by hand, new ideas started to threaten old ones, and increased literacy. It also infringed on Latin as the main language to write in, and vernacular languages got printed too! I think it was like the internet now at the time. Such mass information on such a scale brought social change, and our internet does that today. Now, anyone, anywhere can know almost any kind of news, ideas and information at the click of a button! Imagine if Gutenberg could see our internet now…


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