Media in Transition 2007 / From Gutenberg to Google
Venue: Gothe Forum / Munich
|Event Date/Time: Sep 12, 2007||End Date/Time: Sep 13, 2007|
|Registration Date: Sep 10, 2007|
Considering this background, we found a unifying metaphor of communication and engineering for our conference in the person of Johannes Gutenberg – an inventor of a communication machine [Movable Type]. Gutenberg was the man of his century, igniting an information revolution leading to the Renaissance. The printing press business is precisely where Germany’s industrial economy launched. Printing presses required precision machinery, creating Germany’s engineering industry. Research in printing inks conceived the German chemical industry etc. You could make the case, therefore, that Germany derived its industrial power from an information need.
The Internet is that new kind of movable type, facilitating a similar information revolution – falling communication costs are changing the game: from industrial to information age.