Television vs the Printing press

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Television vs the Printing press





Justin Loftis
MCOM 110
October 1999

Television vs. The Printing Press
Title Bout Among Media Industries


The television and the printing press are two very essential and widely used media
products. In order to determine which one could be named the superior of the two I have
researched and studied both topics extensively .In this essay I will explain why I have
come to the conclusion that the printing press is more influential, vital, and educational
to society than the television.

How can a five hundred-year-old printer be influential? I can answer this question in one
word, literacy. What do literacy and influence have in common? The printed material
produced by Johannes Gutenberg sparked a curiosity that actually motivated people to be
educated. The availability of printed material was very low. Reproduction of words and

(The first important book made in the west with moveable type, the forty-two lined bible,
the most influential book in the world)


images had been so expensive and time consuming to create that only a minute percent of
the population could even get their hands on it, let alone understand it. By bringing
together the basic concepts of printing, Gutenberg started a world revolution. With
moveable type that could be reused and a press for impressions that could be used a
plethora of times, the printing press made it possible for publications and reading
material to be more abundant and quickly produced. So, the effects of Gutenberg's cause
are the spread of ideas and news and information, which shaped the world's thinking. The
influential outcome of the printing press is the words and images it produces. They
influence our thoughts, actions and our lives.

The reason I believe the printing press is vital to our society is the simple fact that we
use it so much. Our currency is produced by the printing press. Our mailing system as far
as stamps are concerned is another product of the printing press. Advertisements, wrappers
for food, entertainment such as comic books and playing cards, and calendars are all items
that Americans and people all over the world use everyday. The television can do two
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