Paradigms Lost: The Life and Deaths of the Printed Word by William SonnParadigms Lost: The Life and Deaths of the Printed Word by William Sonn

Paradigms Lost: The Life and Deaths of the Printed Word

byWilliam Sonn

Paperback | February 14, 2006

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Four times in western history: in the 1400s, the early 1800s, the 1880s, and again in the mid-20th century, we learned to duplicate and disseminate the printed word more cheaply. And each time strange events followed. For with each of these changes in the gritty production of glamorous content, expensive and secret bodies of knowledge abruptly became cheap and easy to spread. Once-rare and sometimes disorienting impressions rained down on once-sheltered folks. New and otherwise inexpert hands mixed them into whole new breeds of information, myth, logic, and viewpoints. There were fantastic scientific advances, mass migrations, bold social experiments, financial upheavals, and much bloodshed. In the harrowing decades that followed, powerful new kinds of governments, businesses, and groups came to elbow aside old ones. In all of these periods, there were great, creaking shifts in politics, wealth, religions, and even the way we learn, think, and see. And in the last decade, the costs of producing and distributing printed knowledge have fallen a fifth time, far and fast and almost to free. Paradigms Lost traces the history of the accidents, inventions, forces, eccentrics, and geniuses who accelerated information in the past, examines what happened each time they succeeded, and provides some background for what, if the past is any guide, may be coming.
William Sonn is a writer (Outside, Chicago, and The Progressive) and senior publishing and marketing executive. Bill, his family, his dog and his firm (Business Development Communications) reside in Denver.
Title:Paradigms Lost: The Life and Deaths of the Printed WordFormat:PaperbackDimensions:398 pages, 8.94 × 7.18 × 1.18 inPublished:February 14, 2006Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1. Peter Printing Pants in Linotype Hell, 1993 Part 2 Part I. The Birth of Type: From Hand to Lever Chapter 3 2. Primordial Scratches Chapter 4 3. The Machine in the Manger Chapter 5 4. A Certain Scrambling Chapter 6 5. A Happy Man, Concerned Chapter 7 6. The Terrible Contagion Chapter 8 7. Faster Than Asparagus Part 9 Part II. The Type Age: From Lever to Machine Chapter 10 8. Cat Troubles Chapter 11 9. Trickle, Stream, Torrent, Wave... Chapter 12 10. Extreme Cheapness Chapter 13 11. The Dam's Last Brick Chapter 14 12. "The Hasty Approach of Evil" Chapter 15 13. Complacency's Triumph Chapter 16 14. The World without Kinship Part 17 Part III. The End of Type: From Machine to Math Chapter 18 15. Full Pantry, No Can Opener Chapter 19 16. War after the War Chapter 20 17. Dreams of Girl Typists Chapter 21 18. Buck Rogers Stuff Chapter 22 19. Like a Burlesque Blonde Chapter 23 20. Speedups and Slowdowns Chapter 24 21. Union's End Chapter 25 22. Aristocrats in Dotage Part 26 Part IV. Life after Type Chapter 27 23. Words Out of Dots, Rolled Out of Factories Chapter 28 24. ...And Offices And... Chapter 29 25. One Last Transaction Cost Chapter 30 26. The Descent into Free Part 31 Bibliography Part 32 Index Part 33 About the Author

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