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Journey of the Democratization of Knowledge

The democratization of knowledge is the spread of information among normal people like you and me. Before, education and knowledge was reserved for the elite, but advancements in technology have made it possible for information to be widely accessible by the masses. What a time to be alive!

Great books from centuries ago are free online.  Authors, thinkers, and politicians of today are on Twitter. YouTube is an infinite source of audio and visual information. Podcasts provide news, facts, and opinions.

The democratization of knowledge has made it possible for us to choose how and what we learn. With our mobile devices we can simply make a search on Google, and instantly get access to videos, scholarly articles, and even memes on the chosen subject. I think it’s absolutely magical.

So how did we get here? 

According to an educational video by Dow (a science and technology YouTube channel), it all started with pictographs: symbols or drawing in caves and pyramids.

Pictographs weren’t sufficient enough to communicate for the Greeks, so they came up with the first extensive alphabet.

It wasn’t until 1448, when the printing press was invented, that we were off to the races, and the ability to acquire knowledge became progressively easier and easier.

In the seventeen hundreds the typewriter was introduced, and in the eighteen hundreds, Samuel Morse invented the telegraph and Morse code.

In the eighteen seventies Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Less than fifty years later the radio was invented, and in the nineteen fifties we had the television boom.

In the eighties the first cell phone was created and personal computers were sold to the public.  

The internet became available to the public in the nineties. Soon after we took internet browsing and messaging from desktops to mobile devices, and here we are today.

The democratization of knowledge stems from the never-ending evolution of human kind. We’re constantly challenging ourselves, and finding new ways to come up with wonderful inventions that our ancestors might have never been able to imagine. It’s easy to look at where we are today and feel a deep sorrow for the direction we’ve taken our planet, the wars that we’ve fought, and the injustice in the world. However, if there’s one thing I’m proud of, it’s the democratization of knowledge.


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  1. I liked how you gave a brief summary of all the devices from history that lead to the internet, I think is fascinating how far we have come, that from our phones we can look up anything we want.


  2. I really liked how you gave a brief summary of the history that led to the internet. I think is so fascinating how far we have come and that from our phones we can search up whatever we want.


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