Books - January 22, 2008 Books Agents of social, cultural...

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January 22, 2008 Books • Agents of social, cultural change; an important cultural repository • Our window to the past • Important sources of personal development (self help, information) • Wonderful sources of entertainment, escape and personal reflection • The purchase and reading is a much more individual, personal activity than consuming advertiser-supported (television, radio, internet) Ancient History • Romans had written language (Latin) • China made paper in 105 a.d. - Persian soldiers "learned" paper-making from the Chinese - Chinese had primitive wooden printing press in 175 a.d. • Rome overtaken by illiterate tribes - Monks hand-copied thousands of manu scripti - "Book of Kells" • Paper brought back to Spain by Moors (12th Century) Fear of the Power of the Printed Word. .. • The Bible - part of the Protestant Reformation - John Wycliffe translated it to English (arrested, burned at the stake - 1382ish) - William Tyndale (arrested, killed, dug up, strangled, burned, thrown in river -
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course COM 160 taught by Professor Hallsten during the Spring '08 term at Illinois State.

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