In Old French the word renaissance literally means “rebirth,” and was once referred to as the “revival of learning” (Online Etymology Dictionary, 2016). When the word renaissance is brought up it is inherent to think of the European Renaissance. This cultural movement took place from the 14th to the 17th century, and linked the Middle Ages to the early Modern Age. While this period had a magnificent impact on the history of humanity, it is important to realize that we are in the midst of another renaissance – one of information.
Many arguments can be had for when this renaissance began – some may believe it was the invention of radio, others may disagree stating that the Internet has been the catalyst. My personal opinion is that this movement began with Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, which brought about mass production of printed materials. The ability of mass production made wide-spread distribution of information possible and affordable.
The Information Renaissance has evolved since the invention of the printing press with inventions such as radio, television, and the Internet. The general consensus is that the future of the Information Renaissance lies within the literal web of the Internet. With the rapid pace that the Internet is expanding, it is uncertain the limits and timeline of this exciting movement.
“Online Etymology Dictionary.” Online Etymology Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.
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