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THE SPREAD OF IDEAS

THEN AND NOW

Communication today

HOW EASY IS IT TO SPREAD INFORMATION IN


TODAYS WORLD?

LIST ALL THE WAYS WE CAN SHARE INFORMATION


WITH OTHERS.

THE SPREAD OF IDEAS DURING THE


RENAISSANCE- GATHERING GREAT MINDS
UNIVERSITIES AND
LIBRARIES

TRAVELING
CELEBRITIES

ROYAL COURTS

WEALTHY PATRONS FOUNDED


LIBRARIES WHICH CONTAINED
BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, AND
DOCUMENTS .

FAMOUS RENAISSANCE
SCIENTISTS, ARTISTS, AND
THINKERS WERE THE
ROCKSTARS OF THEIR DAY.

KINGS AND QUEENS WERE


EAGER TO ATTRACT SCHOLARS
AND WRITERS TO THEIR
COURTS.

EARLY HUMANISTS OFTEN


TAUGHT AT ITALIAN
UNIVERSITIES

THEY SHARED IDEAS THROUGH


DISCUSSIONS AND THROUGH
THEIR WRITINGS

THEIR PRESENCE WAS OFTEN


DEMANDED IN COURTS AND
UNIVERSITIES ALL OVER
EUROPE.

KINGS WOULD OFTEN SET UP


CENTRES OF LEARNING AND
COLLECT MANUSCRIPTS,
PAINTINGS, AND SCULPTURES.

THEY OFTEN TRAINED OTHER


SCHOLARS OR ARTISTS

THEY WOULD THEN INVITE


CELEBRITIES TO COME LECTURE
IN THEIR COURTS FOR A FEE.

STUDENTS WOULD ATTEND


LECTURES AND THEN GO BACK
TO THEIR OWN CITIES AND
SHARE WHAT THEY LEARNED.

THE PRINTING PRESS: A


NEW TECHNOLOGY

MOST PEOPLE LIVING IN EUROPE DURING THE


BEGINNING OF THE RENAISSANCE WERE ILLITERATE.
ONLY THE MOST EDUCATED PEOPLE IN SOCIETY
COULD READ AND WRITE IN LATIN, THE LANGUAGE
OF SCHOLARS AND THE CHURCH.

UNLESS YOU WERE VERY WEALTHY, YOU WOULD


NEVER BE ABLE TO AFFORD A BOOK.

ILLITERACY AND COST OF BOOKS MADE SHARING


IDEAS AND INFORMATION WITH OTHERS VERY
DIFFICULT.

IN 1450 A GERMAN NAMED JOHANNES GUTERBERG


DEVELOPED A PRINTING PRESS THAT ALLOWED
BOOKS TO BE PRODUCED QUICKLY AND CHEAPLY.

USING THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY, PRINTERS COULD


PRODUCE THOUSANDS OF BOOKS IN THE TIME IT
HAD TAKEN TO MAKE ONE SINGLE COPY.

THEY WERE ALSO PRINTED ON PAPER, WHICH WAS


LESS EXPENSIVE THAN PARCHMENT.

THE SPREAD OF KNOWLEDGE AND


INFORMATION

BY 1500, THERE WERE MORE THAN SIX MILLION BOOKS IN PRINT IN EUROPE!
NOW THAT BOOKS WERE CHEAPER AND MORE ACCESSIBLE, MIDDLE CLASS
PEOPLE BEGAN TO READ, DISCUSS, AND EVENTUALLY WRITE ABOUT THE
NEW IDEAS OF THEIR TIME.
INSTEAD OF PRINTING BOOKS ONLY IN LATIN, MORE BOOKS, INCLUDING
TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE, WERE PRINTED IN THE VERNACULAR- THE
LANGUAGE THAT PEOPLE SPOKE IN THAT AREA.
THINKERS MADE MONEY FROM THE BOOKS THEY WROTE. THIS GAVE THEM
THE FREEDOM TO TRAVEL TO MANY CITIES AND UNIVERSITIES SPREADING
THEIR IDEAS.

INTERNET- TODAYS PRINTING


PRESS

ION IS THE FIRST TO GROW UP USING COMPUTERS AND THE

CHANGED THE WAY PEOPLE SHARED IDEAS AND GATHERED


UST LIKE THE PRINTING PRESS DID DURING THE RENAISSANCE.

PH, EXPLAIN HOW COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY CAN BE A


STRUMENT FOR CHANGE.