Friday, February 11, 2011

The Invention of the Book

As part of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, Ashland Seminary has set up a temporary exhibit of manuscripts and Bibles. One of the things I mention during a tour of our little museum is the movement from the scroll to the codex. People don't often think about how this was an important technological improvement. Information could be stored, accessed and transported much easier in a codex than a scroll.

So in honor of the momentous advance that the invention of the codex represents, I am posting the below video. It demonstrates that moving to a new technology has always been met with confusion, fear and resistance. It has been around for a few years, but it is worth a laugh. Happy Friday!

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