Throwback Thursday: The Machine that Made Us

The Machine that Made Us

Now THIS is a true throwback thursday post.  Stephen Fry and the BBC published “The Machine that Made Us” as an hour-long dive into Johannes Gutenberg‘s life and how profound his impact was on the world around him.  The invention of the printing press is known as one of the most important and influential events of the second millennium.

The printing press was invented in the Holy Roman Empire by Johannes Gutenberg, around 1440. Gutenberg, a goldsmith by profession, devised a hand mould to create metal movable type, and adapted screw presses and other existing technologies, to create a printing system. The mechanization of bookmaking led to the first mass production of books in Europe. 

I sure hope you have some time to spare, because this story is not a short one.

The Machine That Made Us is a documentary in which Stephen Fry examines the story behind the first media entrepreneur, printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg, to find out why he did it and how, a story which involves both historical inquiry and hands-on craft and technology.
Fry travels across Europe to find out how Gutenberg kept his development work secret, about the role of avaricious investors and unscrupulous competitors and why Gutenberg’s approach started a cultural revolution. He then sets about building a copy of Gutenberg’s press.

 

The Machine that Made Us –

~Source: BBC and Wikipedia

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