Intellectual Capital

A key historical affordance resulted from the interaction between movable type and business. In the UK and Europe, it resulted in the Gutenberg revolution. It was not only a media revolution, but perhaps also the first modern production line, a model which Henry Ford only picked up on some centuries later. To wit - moveable type takes apart the process of writing, and creates an operational unit which is discreet and recombine-able. Digital, modular production.

More interesting - a recent TV programme on the history of Venice showed the first (?) printed Koran, which was printed in Venice, presumably because the Venetians - at that time trading extensively in the Arab world - saw it as a business opportunity: they could supply the Koran at a fraction of the price to a huge market. ( read more on post on 02 02 09)