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The Gutenberg Parenthesis

The age of print is a grand exception in history. For five centuries it fostered what some call print culture – a worldview shaped by the completeness, permanence, and authority of the printed word. As a technology, print at its birth was as disruptive as the digital migration of today. Now, as the internet ushers us past print culture, journalist Jeff Jarvis offers important lessons from the era we leave behind.

To understand our transition out of the Gutenberg Age, Jarvis first examines the transition into it. Tracking Western industrialized print to its origins, he explores its invention, spread, and evolution, as well as the bureaucracy and censorship that followed. He also reveals how print gave rise to the idea of the mass – mass media, mass market, mass culture, mass politics, and so on – that came to dominate the public sphere.

What can we glean from the captivating, profound, and challenging history of our devotion to print? Could it be that we are returning to a time before mass media, to a society built on conversation, and that we are relearning how to hold that conversation with ourselves? Brimming with broader implications for today’s debates over communication, authorship, and ownership, Jarvis’ exploration of print on a grand scale is also a complex, compelling history of technology and power.

The Gutenberg Parenthesis

  • Jeff Jarvis

    As we begin to leave the Gutenberg age, and into a era dominated by the Internet, we have much to learn from how we transitioned into the age of print and how it changed how we think and communicate.
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    Mongolian; Spanish; Turkish; Chinese (complex)

  • Book Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
    Publication Date: 29-06-2023
    Format: Hardback | 6 x 9 | 288 pages
  • About the Author

    Jeff Jarvis is Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation and Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, USA, where he created new degrees in Social Journalism, Entrepreneurial Journalism, and News Innovation. He is the Creator and Founding Manager Editor of Entertainment Weekly and has been a media columnist at The Guardian, TV Critic and Development Editor at TV Guide, Associate Publisher and Sunday Editor at the New York Daily News, TV Critic and Associate Editor at People, and columnist and editor at the San Francisco Examiner and the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of four books, including, including Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News (2014), Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live (2011), and What Would Google Do? (2009).

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