In 1445 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press and it changed the world forever. The printing press created a cheap way to produce literature, and directly created a growth of intelligence that for the first time spanned the globe. It opened up the perspectives of mathematician, philosophers, artists, governmental thinkers, and scientist from all over the world to others, all over the world. Sometime between 1950 and 1970 a new form of the printing press evolved, which many have come to call, the Internet.
Today, sharing experiences, researching topics, and discovering new inventions has become an everyday activity. Knowledge of the entire world has become accessible in ways to which men like Galileo, Copernicus, Michelangelo, and other great thinkers only dreamt. But the exponential speed, to which the Internet has been growing, is something we must acknowledge, and attempt to utilize with a universal sense of care. We must keep our eyes open to the truths that surround us, and use the tools we have to better our societies in every way we can. We need to continue striving for more efficient and sincere ways to use our evolving technologies.
“You can’t have an industrial revolution, you can’t have democracies, you can’t have populations who can govern themselves until you have literacy. The printing press simply unlocked literacy.” (Howard Rheingold). This quote by Rheingold says so much for what the printing press did for the entire human race and we should all be aware of its influence. Imagine for a moment, if the printing press could unlock literacy and in part, unravel revolution, democracy, and a self governed people. Then what potential can you fathom that the Internet holds for us? What kind of future can we create by utilizing this mass system of connectivity? And how beautiful of a world would it be if we unlocked the intelligible awareness of the planet?