September 25, 2009

The Book Was Not Driven by Reading

I hadn’t seen Jay Walker’s Library of Human Imagination TED talk before. It’s an interesting take on the printing press, the book, and reading, and how they’re not as connected as we think they’ve always been. The whole talk (short at just eight minutes) is interesting because of the way Walker links different items together.

“The book was not driven by reading. In 1455, nobody could read, so why did the printing press succeed?… The printing press was driven entirely by the printing of forgivenesses and had nothing to do with reading….”


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