A deeper understanding of writing and print media of communication would help understand its impact on the modern world. For instance, the growth of the human species does not develop naturally. It is through the technology of writing, either directly or indirectly, that this transformation is attained. This paper looks into the aspect of empowerment of print.
Empowerment of Print
Over the years, writing or public media has been highly regarded as it has helped transform human consciousness. Writing has reconstituted originally spoken language to a visual space. This has formulated a platform where culture can be passed to other generations yet be under scrutiny in future times. It is evident that, over the years, print has liberated, educated, and exposed information to the masses leading to empowerment (DeGregori, 22).
The line between literacy and print is very narrow. For instance, comparing the information, fiction, science, or any other aspect that is contained in a book cannot be compared to mere utterance. Thus, it is very evident that print has had multiple effects on the modern society. This applies to institutions, churches, economy, and even the government. For instance, modern day print led to a revolution from oral-based education to the modern platform, which is adhered to by many. The modernized education system has facilitated the use of charts and other logical diagrams when formulating analysis. Print has also greatly enhanced the management of knowledge. For instance, the use of dictionaries help in the correctness of the language. With regards to economic development, print has facilitated ownership of words. Unlike the primary culture that would encourage the sharing of themes and ideas, the modernized print culture has enabled the use of proprietary rights (Briggs and Burke, 72).
By the age of the television and radio, television secondary orality has been achieved. However, It cannot be considered to be different from the earlier forms of oral language since the communication sense is the same. It is also notable that the secondary orality is largely based on writing and print, which are considered the building blocks for manufacture, operation, and usage of the equipments. The impact that is generated by the developments in technology will be attributed to print. For instance, the television has brought a change in the political arena of many nations. This is through reaching larger masses through the modern developments. The live debates help the audience know the personality of their leaders. With this mandate, print largely challenges the authority of various governments (Briggs and Burke, 72).
The main challenge that print poses to institutions and governments lies in its ability to expose information and create awareness to residents of a certain country. In addition, the print is very dynamic as compared to the primary oral culture. Writing has greatly impacted on the church and religion as a whole. This has led to various religions adopting print as a form of media. Nevertheless, it has been observed that print lacks creativity, and its products are derived from the influence from others, or the environment in which they thrive (Bloom, 77).
It is evident that, over the years, print has liberated, educated, and exposed information to the masses leading to empowerment. However, various forms of criticisms have been noted. In this case, print brought to light what would otherwise be considered as secret. The proponents consider this as empowerment emanating from print. Print is a medium through which information is passed. Therefore, it has been able to challenge both governments and Christianity.