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A distant mirror?; the Internet and the printing press

David Bawden (Department of Information Science, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB)
Lyn Robinson (School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College, London)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 1 March 2000


The introduction of the printing press to Europe in the mid‐fifteenth century, and its effect on the communication of information, are considered, largely by reference to the writings of Elisabeth Eisenstein. Analogies and similarities with the impact of the Internet are identified, as a way of gaining insight into the current communications revolution.



Bawden, D. and Robinson, L. (2000), "A distant mirror?; the Internet and the printing press", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 52 No. 2, pp. 51-57.




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