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Printing as a means of communication

la imprenta como medio de comunicación. Avance para la impresión de prensa escrita

In the 15th century, with the invention of the modern printing press, a breakthrough in written communication is generated.

The Modern Age was based on humanist ideas. Era un nuevo pensamiento, basado principalmente en el ser humano y este como el centro del universo. And, therefore, the printing press as a means of communication played a key role.

The creation of the printing press with movable type contributed to a breakthrough in the communication and dissemination of knowledge in written form.

One of the best benefits it brought to mankind is the increased literacy in society, which laid the foundation for the intellectual, political and religious changes of later centuries.

Early uses of the printing as a means of communication

Thanks to the printing as a means of communication news spread and in 1650 was the creation of the first printed newspaper.  The printing press transformed data collection, storage and retrieval systems.

Printing changed the way all communications networks used by literate communities throughout Europe operated.

This invention helped lay the foundation for today’s world of communication. It enabled the dissemination of written texts as well as allowing vulgar languages to be used in writing, an example of which was: Gutenberg and his German Bible.

Fue un instrumento que ayudó a compartir ideas y que amplió el radio de la comunicación escrita a un gran número de destinatarios. It made possible the dissemination of new information, revolutionized the book, and in turn the newspaper was created, and with it the existence of public opinion.

Printing as a means of communication enabled the manufacture of books and newspapers.
Printing as a means of communication enabled the manufacture of books and newspapers.

Because the demand for books and printed material was too high, multiple printing workshops were created throughout Europe. Even taking into account that at the time it was too high how much it cost to print a book. And is that the printing revolutionized the book, and in addition to democratize it, reformed its typography that was very important for the elite (Gothic and Roman influence), and its images as it begins to appreciate more visual.

“Before the invention of the printing press, written communication was relegated to the function of memory of a pre-constituted knowledge, and oral communication remained fundamental in society…The printed book does not have the function of preserving knowledge but of increasing it and creating it anew…”

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