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.
The television can do two things, project an image and create a sound with that image. Overall, I believe that television is a lazy man's newspaper and is more accepted by society than products of the printing press. Never the less, billboards, money, stamps and church pamphlets are items that could not be abandoned from our lives. Printing press products are more affordable, easily distributed and copied for the convenience of all people, not just those who can afford television sets and cable, and homes to put them in, but everyone. Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia Deluxe. Our mailing system as far as stamps are concerned is another product of the printing press. The reason I believe the printing press is vital to our society is the simple fact that we use it so much. The Book Before Printing by David Diringer. 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.