How did Gutenberg change the world?

The Arab Spring, Black Lives Matter, the 2016 Presidential Campaign, are all recent events, which were driven by social media. Though Twitter was only recently invented, the movement of technology-driven mass communication began in the mid-1400s when Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type and the printing press. This inquiry unit focuses on the technology of mass communication, beginning with paper, typeset, and the printing press, and ending with social media apps like Twitter. Students analyze the connections between mass communication technology and the dissemination of ideas that promote social, cultural, political and economic change.

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