@tcarmody I love that your magisterial media history post totally has a Demand Media headline. Nicely done.
I love the fact that Gutenberg’s press represents just one of ten revolutions here, and I love Tim’s characterization of it:
2. Outside of scholarly circles, the top candidate is usually the better-known Print Revolution, usually associated with Johannes Gutenberg, who helped introduce movable type to Europe. Now, as Andrew Pettegree’s new history The Book in the Renaissance shows, the early years of print were much messier than advertised: no one knew quite what to do with this technology, especially how to make money off of it.
“No one knew quite what to do with this technology.” I can’t tell you much I love that—how heartening I find it. It means we probably haven’t even figured out what the web is really good for yet.
But yo, Tim, I’ve got beef: where’s the paperback revolution in your list?