There is consensus among the cyber-researchers in saying that digital technologies will introduce changes that range from the installment of new models of representation and the organization of knowledge to our own transformation or cognitive expansion. An interesting example of how is the argument elaborated by Alan Kay. In the text “The computer revolution hasn’t happened yet”, Kay formulates a series of questions about the introduction of the written printing press interfaces which, we all agree, had considerably transformed our oral society.
Kay’s questions are:
When did the written printing press revolution really take place? Was it in the middle of the 15th century when Gutenberg produced his Bible of 42 lines and demonstrated 20 copies – that looked like a handwritten book – at the book fair in Nuremberg? Or was it in the 16th century, when Martin Luther and William Tyndale translated the Bible into English and German, beginning the Reformation? (For those of you who don’t remember Tyndale was strangled and then burned for this effort). Or was it during the 17th century, when new styles of argumentation and ways of thinking began to be written and read?
- Rejane Cantoni (BR) was born in São Paulo; studies of Communication, Semiotics, Visualization of Information Systems and Expanded Cinema, in São Paulo and Geneva; since 1987 researches and develops immersive and interactive installations. cantoni-crescenti.com.br
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