This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 5, 2015:
Excitement over the positive impact the Gutenberg Press had on freedom led Mark Twain to exclaim:
What the world is today, good and bad, it owes to Gutenberg. Everything can be traced to this source, but we are bound to bring him homage … for the bad that this colossal invention has brought about is overshadowed a thousand times by the good with which mankind has been favored.
More than two hundred years later, Andrew Wile, blogging at The Daily Bell, was equally ebullient, this time about the Internet – Gutenberg 2.0 – saying: