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wu-ikkyu · 2017-03-08 · Original thread
>Books are centralised... how?

When a book is published, it is one source producing static information for many readers. One to many. Producer -> Consumer(s). To create a book before the internet you had to be in the central location of the working copy. For more detailed historical analysis of how the printing press created highly centralized societies, check out The Gutenberg Galaxy by Marshall McLuhan[1].

On the contrary, with the internet, many people are producing and consuming dynamic content simultaneously with many people who are doing the same. Many to many. Prosumer <-> Prosumer[2]. Think of a Google Doc where anyone located anywhere across the globe can simultaneously collaborate on a Google Doc.

[1]https://www.amazon.com/Gutenberg-Galaxy-Marshall-McLuhan/dp/...

[2]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosumer#Producer_and_consumer

brokentone · 2015-11-24 · Original thread
Marshall and Eric McLuhan's Laws of media address the technological impact of the latin letter, and how it was extended to other technology. http://www.amazon.com/Laws-Media-Science-Marshall-McLuhan/dp...

Marshall McLuhan's book The Gutenberg Galaxy is a longer approach to specific conversation around how latin characters led to the printing press which transformed society into the industrial age:

http://www.amazon.com/Gutenberg-Galaxy-Marshall-McLuhan/dp/1...

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