Printing Press and the Internet Essay

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Printing Press and the Internet

The internet has completely revolutionized the way that people access knowledge, just as the printing press revolutionized the Renaissance era by exposing people to concepts that they had not heard of until the discovery. Despite their similarities in causing a great change among their respective generations, their direct impact varies greatly. The printing press was the original computer and Internet. It allowed a greater audience access to different perspectives. The printing press gave everyone equal access (to a degree) to ideas that they might not even have heard of until they became published. Because of people's fascination with knowledge, their literacy grew and their ability to grasp different stories grew into something that began the literacy era; everyone wanted to be able to read in order to fully enjoy these emerging stories.

The Internet has been blamed for the downfall of brick and mortar bookstores. Since the emergence of technology like computers, the number of bookstores going into bankrupt has increased tenfold. However, it would be wrong to assume that because printed books are being sold less and less, that literacy is going down. It can be suggested that the opposite is bound to occur. For one, the Internet has granted people access to knowledge beyond anyone's belief. Any question that one may have can be answered on the Internet. This itself encourages people to read more. Also, books are now available in electronic version, for a cheaper price, and in a more accessible format. No longer does anyone have to travel anywhere to get a specific book. With a couple clicks of the mouse, an entire series of books can be purchased. The easiness of this only encourages more people to be able to seek knowledge that may not have been available to them.

Both of these new revolutions changed intellect and access to information. They both completely changed their respective generations and allowed everyone a chance for equal access to knowledge. Although social class played a role in the access of printed books during the Renaissance era, it still exposed everyone to a new world. Both the inventions of the printing press and the development of technologies such as computers, e-readers, and the Internet facilitated the transmission of ideas for their respective time periods. They both increased literacy and most importantly, they both allowed for the improvement of knowledge.

2) Carpe Diem!

Three examples of carpe diem philosophy in today's world:

Entrepreneurship

Thrill seeking activities such as sky diving, racing, etc.

Gambling

Carpe diem philosophy encourages individuals to seize the day, to live for the moment, because death is something that is bound to come to all of us. There however, are varying degrees of this. While I do agree that seizing the moment is a form of thinking and a way of living, I believe that there does have to be some control in this. Seizing the moment, to me, does not necessarily have to mean putting my life at risk. I see the point of carpe diem as seizing the moment because everything should be held as being special. Living in constant worry and always thinking in a negative way hinders one from living life to the fullest. However, I do not believe that putting my life at risk with pleasure seeking activities that bring adrenaline rushes is the way to achieve that satisfaction. A way for me to live with a carpe diem philosophy would be to take risks in terms of Entrepreneurship of something that I might have always wanted to do. A lot of people have great ideas, but they do not have the nerves to actually go through with them because of the idea of losing time and money. However, that is the sort of carpe diem philosophy that I would have. We only live once, and I would take a risk to do something that I would have always wanted to do.

3) Responding to Literature

A.)

Escaping from one's reality can seem like a dream come true, especially when escaping with one's true love. This can be seen in various genres of literature, television, movies, and advertising. In literature, books such as "Revolutionary Road" by Richard Yates depicts a romantic escape as being an escape from their reality. Being tired of the nine to five daily routine and of being parents, the main characters found that fantasizing about going to a place for vacation was an escape from where they physically and mentally did not want to be. This is how it is used in literature. It may not be the physical location that appeals to the characters, but the break and escape from routine that guides their romantic motif. In movies, retreating to a remote location is always depicted as being the time for the protagonists and supporting character to do what they would have always wanted to do but were unable to in their life at home. There is always an adventure that normal day-to-day people take in movies, that make them realize something about themselves, something that eventually changes them when they go back home. In television, especially in a television series, escaping to a remote island or a distant land is seen as a coping mechanism. Television portrayal of drama or comedies differs from movies in that in movies it is a quick depiction of how an escape changes a character, but in a longer running series, escapes are seen as ways to either develop the characters or allow them to cope with a life changing occurrence in their lives. However, in advertising, this fantasy of retreating to a remote island is directly appealing to real people. Commercials often show couples on a cruise in the middle of the ocean, partying, relaxing, doing all the things that everyday people would want to be doing. In this way, they are directly allowing individuals to fantasize about how they wish their lives would be.

B.)

John Donne's poem, "The Bait" is an indirect response to Marlowe's "Passionate Shepard." The poem is not necessarily a direct response to the "Passionate Shepard," but it is a sort of mockery or parody to poems like "Passionate Shepard." "The Bait" starts off with words similar to "Passionate Shepard," "Come live with me, and be my love, / and we will some new pleasure prove" (the Bait). "Come live with me, and be my love / and we will all the pleasures prove" (Passionate Shepard). Both poems here open up to a romantic setting, giving the readers the expectations that both poems not only relate to each other, but in a way connected to the romanticism that they are trying to portray. However both poems start to take on their own distinct paths when "Passionate Shepard" continues to talk about love and about pursing a loved one and the joy that would come if the female would reciprocate the love, "And if these pleasures may thee move, / Come live with me and be my love" (Passionate Shepard). The sense of genuine care is not lost. However, in "The Bait," the poem starts to take on another direction and in fact gets a bit harsher, "Let others freeze with angling reeds, / and cut their legs with shells and weeds,…" (the Bait). At this point, it becomes clear that in fact "The Bait" is mocking the pursuit by men of these women. He insinuates that while pursing women (the bait), men get hurt trying to win over the others. At the end, "Passionate Shepard" repeats the same two lines previously mentioned "And if these pleasures may thee move, / Come live with me and be my love" (Passionate Shepard) in order to reinforce that in fact the man loves the woman and sincerely feels this way toward her. "The Bait" ends even darker "The fish that is not catched thereby / Alas, is wiser far than I," but with a different sense than that of "Passionate Shepard." In the end, "The Bait" in fact gives up on the chase and states that the smarter move is not continuing to pursue love and the woman, but it is giving up and leaving first without getting hurt.

4) a Timeline of Shakespeare's Life

1564 -- William Shakespeare was born

1582 -- Shakespeare married wife Anne Hathaway

1583 -- First daughter Susanna was born

1585 -- Birth of twins Judith and Hamnet

1587 -- Left Stratford and wrote the Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, the

Taming of the Shrew, Henry VI 1, 2, 3, and Richard III

1593 -- Writes Venus and Adonis, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Love's Labour's Lost; begins writing the Sonnets

1594 -- Owned playwright company Lord Chamberlain's Men; wrote the Rape of Lucrece; Lyrical masterpiece period begins

1594 -- Writes Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, and Merchant of Venice

1596 -- Son Hamnet dies at age 11

1597 -- Writes Henry IV 1, 2, the Merry Wives of Windsor, as You Like it,… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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