“A full recognition of diversity was indeed a concomitant of standardization. Sixteenth-century publications not only spread identical fashions but also encouraged the collection of diverse ones. Books illustrating diverse costumes, worn throughout the world, were studied by artists and engravers and duplicated in so many contexts that stereotypes of regional dress styles were developed. They acquired a paper life for all eternity and may be recognized even now in paper dolls, in operas, or at costume balls.” (p. 128, Eisenstein)
Technology was an advancement from the book, during the sixteenth century the book was in high demand. The static age of electronic innovations during the twentieth-century once again persuaded the public to utilize the internet. Information was accessed from books and other publications, just as the internet is used currently. An array of subjects can be researched so that even a simpleton may deemed wise. Books are indeed diverse, each one carries a style and tone that makes it unique. Illustrations and text combined are what appeals a specific audience to a reading . People learned from books, such as the encyclopedia and the Bible. The reader becomes entangled into a world of mystery and adventure, just as the world wide web does. They both perform the same actions, they deliver a plethora of information to the user, the only difference is, they arrived into the world during different centuries. While the internet is used by the majority, people still continue to use books and other publications for research. This method of retaining information has not lost its value, it has been temporarily put on the back burner.