McLuhan (180-263)

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"Print, in turning the vernaculars into mass media, or closed systems, created the uniform, centralized forces of modern nationalism." - (p. 239) McLuhan, Gutenberg Galaxy

McLuhan says that democracy didn't exist until print because it created ideas about representation and equal rights. It did this through the communities it created. Also because of the standardization of language (typography).

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I keep stressing that writing unifies because it's standardized. Without this common means of communication, the unification process brought about with writing wouldn't have started. Who knows how our governments would be operating without writing...kinda scary to think about, really.

Print definitely opened the eyes up of citizens. They were no longer restricted to traditional values set by the forefathers. Print opened up new standards.

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