Rhymes of History Technologies (Module 3)

Dr. Thornburg describes a rhyme of history technology as one that is essentially an upgrade to a technology or way of thinking from the past; something that has “rekindle[d] something from the very distant past” (Laureate Education, 2014).  One example of this type of technology is online publications and the ability to share the written word such as through blogs, wikis, and websites such as ebook.com or Amazon.com.  These web-based technologies have rekindled the idea of mass production of text for greater public consumption just as Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press.

Johannes Gutenberg is known as the creator of the movable type printing press in the 15th century.  Although others had designed their versions of the printing press, it wasn’t until Gutenberg that the printing press became an efficient and affordable method of mass producing printed texts for public consumption (Palermo, 2014). gutenberg-printing-press

Blogs were first termed as such in 1997 by Jorn Barger, though the first recognized blog was written three years earlier by college student, Justin Hall (Chapman, 2011).  By 1999 there were only a recorded 23 blogs on the internet, by 2006 there were a recorded 50 million blogs, and by the end of 2010 there were over 152 million active blogs on the internet (Chapman, 2011).  A similar trend has been seen with wikis, beginning in the early 1990s and growing to over several million.  Blogs and wikis allow individuals from all walks of life to become writers and editors, sharing their knowledge, opinions, and life events with the world.

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Chapman, C. (2011, March 14). A brief history of blogging. Retrieved from http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/03/a-brief-history-of-blogging/

History of Wikis. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://wikis.wikia.com/wiki/History_of_wikis

Laureate Education (Producer). (2014). David Thornburg: Rhymes of history [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Palermo, E. (2014, February 25). Who invented the printing press?.  Retrieved from http://www.livescience.com/43639-who-invented-the-printing-press.html


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