"Once the Church lost the ability to control the direct perception of scripture, thanks to the printing of (relatively) cheap bibles in languages other than Latin, their loss of political hegemony followed."
"Now we are in a mirror world, where the newly free production and distrubution of images is the novelty."
"New tools for spreading of the word are powerful, of course — witness the weblog explosion in all its complexity. But the spread of images is a different kind of thing, not least because images pass across linguistic borders like a lava flow. Now that production and distribution of images are in the hands of the laity, it’s a safe bet that we are entering a world of 'That will kill this.' We just don’t know what parts of society 'this' refers to yet."
Clay Shirky’s site
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