“They said there used to be a free press, where people called journalists wrote about what’s happening in the world.”
“Yeah, yeah, if you like that kind of thing.”
Does printing free? It’s a loaded question, and there’s no way I could sum up my answer in one blog post. That said, I wrote a paper in my second year that I’d like to share with y’all to get you thinking. The paper talks exclusively about Aboriginal Canadians when the printing press was first brought to them in the nineteenth century. The general attitude among Canadian scholars seems to be that the printing press “freed” the Aboriginals (although I’m not entirely sure what it was they were freed from), but I feel like there’s more to it than that.
Note that, like all the papers I post here, this work has been hyper-edited, and a lot has been added to/removed from the original. Continue reading “Does Printing Free?”