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Terry
Could you explain to me what "the power of ideas to copy themselves." mean? The printing press boosted the power of ideas to copy themselves. Prior to low-cost printing, ideas could and did spread by word of mouth. While this was tremendously powerful, it limited the complexity of the ideas that could be propagated to those that a single person could remember.
Aug 19, 2020 10:18 AM
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It's talking about how the invention of the printing press allowed the distribution of written works (ideas) to a much wider audience. It's considered one of the greatest inventions of all time. Previously the majority of people would have exchanged ideas by talking to each other. This can lead to subtle - or more significant - changes over time. One person can also only remember so much. The printing press allowed ideas, concepts, philosophies, literature, diagrams, etc to be distributed in the exact way that they were originally created/conceived. Sort of like the impact that the internet has had these days. The ideas aren't actually copying themselves; it's figurative. But, they are being copied exactly and distributed with the exact intent of the original author, rather than by word of mouth - or limited handwritten versions.
August 19, 2020
May be the printing press wants to convert their writeup in the word of mouth phrase or a gingle so they can easily spread the message they want without actually printing it.
August 19, 2020
Terry
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