- Jun 2021
The arrival of Gutenberg’s printing press, in the 15th century, set off another round of teeth gnashing. The Italian humanist Hieronimo Squarciafico worried that the easy availability of books would lead to intellectual laziness, making men “less studious” and weakening their minds. Others argued that cheaply printed books and broadsheets would undermine religious authority, demean the work of scholars and scribes, and spread sedition and debauchery.
Technology fears definitely repeat themselves. This pattern also repeated with social media, television, radio, etc.
The key may be to worry about the thing that gets lost or changes, and come up with a way to exercise and utilize it despite the newest technology?
How might we prevent ourselves from repeating this cyclic history with the next major change?