Object 2: Old printing machine

June 2, 2021


Just like we saw from the astrolabe, everything that we do takes a consequence in life in one way or another. This can see throughout human history. Historical events have made huge contributions to our present daily lives. The 15th century, an archival period during the early modern Europe, an invention by Johannes Gutenberg of the “movable type” printing press gave way to a cultural revolution.

At the time before Johannes Gutenberg’s “movable type” printing press was invented, undeveloped forms of printing and writing were the only ways of writing text. These forms included handwriting everything which was time consuming and did not reach large audiences. This way, knowledge was kept capsuled to those considered elite and powerful such as the Church. It also created a blockage to liberty of expression because all knowledge would come from one source and in return, culture revolved around what people would hear and see, not what they thought.

This object allowed for books and newspapers to be printed at a mass number and at cheaper rates. Dissemination of knowledge was enabled to large audiences, regardless of social classes and status. In fact, the printing press was significantly popular amongst the lower class.

This object would contribute positively to the exhibition because the printing machine symbolizes a gateway to knowledge and ideas. The spread of ideas leads to publication of books and newspapers. People could finally share their beliefs and values which were once dictated by those who had power. This object has played a critical role in the evolution of culture across centuries due to most of the modern world being shaped under its influence.

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