the printing press
An invention frequently invoked by technology evangelists.
The printing press is an invention frequently invoked by technology evangelists to demonstrate the value of the internet (and to excuse harms that it may cause). Advocates note that, similar to Gutenberg’s printing press, the internet has democratized knowledge and changed the way people communicate.
“If you read a criticism of Facebook, try subbing in the word “printing press” and see if it still makes sense.” — Tyler Cowen economics professor and author of Marginal Revolution
The information revolution spurred by the advent of digital technologies may turn out to be even more powerful than the Gutenberg revolution; it is also likely to be bloody. - David Samuels in Wired