Every single day of our lives we are living with the effects of an invention so significant that it’s importance and influence can’t really be overstated. We probably never even think about it, and we are probably incapable of ever truly fathoming what the world would be like had it never come to be. This is a piece of technology so revolutionary and so unbelievably vital that it’s impact on history can be felt in countless ways. Nope, I’m not talking about your iPhone. It’s even more important than that (hard to believe, I know).
That’s right, I’m talking about the printing press. (Technology isn’t all about computers and the Internet, after all, and you just know those fifteenth century early adopters were all over this before it hit the mainstream.)
Now, please allow me to indulge in a bit of a history lesson to set the stage.