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If The Printing Press Midwifed the Renaissance Then What Will Today’s Technology Unleash?

This excerpt from Page 9 of Get Back In The Box: Innovation From the Inside Out by Douglas Rushkoff discusses how technology can transform culture.

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June 11, 2013 - 11:20 am
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I dunno; I think maybe the looting of Constantinople in 1204 and the transfer of much of its wealth to the west, especially to Venice had more to do with the renaissance than did the printing press. As the Moslem stranglehold on the Byzantine Empire tightened much of the wealth and talent fled west. This combined with the Italian maritime states increasing strenght allowed them trade with the remaining Byzantine areas and with the now Muslim controlled Levant and Egypt despite the depredations of Muslim pirates. Increasing wealth after a long period of deep poverty in the west spawned the The Renaissance and enabled people, especially a growing mercantile class absent since Roman times, to buy those books coming off the printing presses.
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"If The Printing Press Midwifed the Renaissance Then What Will Today’s Technology Unleash?"

Ummm, the same thing the printing press unleashed, more plentiful, cheaper porn. Interactive virtual porn. Porn, porn, porn. Pornbots from 3-D porn printers.



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None.

There is no spiritual foundation to build upon. The Renaissance had the centuries-long Middle Ages to respond to, and the Reformation soon came along to renew Christianity, and unless centuries of biblical reading and study.

Now that is all gone.
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"unless" should have been "unleash".

Sorry.
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Based on what is happening with the young people and in schools, the New Age will be full of very shallow people with short attention spans and nearly homogenous opinions. They will be herd creatures following group consensus, or more accurately the most forceful personality in the group (which in the digital age may be a marketing algorithm) and avoid any independent expression lest they be ostracized.

Their lives will be totally public. Even now the concept of privacy is being taught out of the young by social networking sites. They will be readily controlled for they will lack discernment. Creativity will abound, but it will be decadent and puerile.

A few will rise above, as they do now, but most will sink into the morass and be quite comfortable.
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What you describe sounds like High School that never ends.

Is it ultimately the infantilizing (or "adolescentilizing") of as many people as possible, leaving a handful of "grownups" to "supervise" everyone else?
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That's a big part of it. The promise of technology and computers in school was that it would make children learn better and be smarter. There were no studies to prove this but schools were wired up anyway.

The results are that standardized test scores are dropping faster than ever, literacy is down, discipline problems are up and students are leaving schools less and less prepared for the real world. While the companies selling the computers and others profiting from the deal trot out students who create new apps as examples of success. However, they are very rare. 50% of students are still poor students just as they have always been, only that's not saying much since the whole public school system is worse than it has ever been.

What's happening is the kids spend all day on the computers socializing instead of working. That socializing is making them more homogeneous and fearful of exclusion then ever before. This unrelenting social pressure is undoubtedly crushing a large percentage of kids.

Anyway, the book "America Lite" covers all of this in detail and is loaded with references to back it all up. Probably the best thing we could do is unplug the kids at school, meaning laptops in computer class only, bringing back textbooks and handwriting work not typing it, and getting back to fundamentals and not teaching them to make silly videos.
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I have sensed that this "adolescentizing" process has been going on for a while now. And I have the impression that grownups aren't really in charge now, except within their own households or, maybe, some of their workplaces. I hesitate to say workplaces, because any workplace that has an HR department has likely been infantilized and politically-corrected to a great degree. And as far as the public schools, don't get me started!....

Hollywood has always produced a bunch of cr*p, but, at least in the old days, grownups were in charge of the studios, and the bigger-budget movies during the Hays Code era tended to be produced for grownups rather than for adolescent boys and girls. Tin Pan Alley music, while sometimes cute and silly, was also usually music that adults and younger people could enjoy, and was often much more sophisticated musically and lyrically than today's pop or "genre" music.
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