We Live in the Bytenberg Period

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by Francisco Manuel da Costa, Portugal

We are living in a period with a terrific change. A period that I termed the Postgutenberg, Cybergutenberg – or better said Bytenberg. The history of the logistics for knowledge dissemination has 3 important moments, which I identified as: the Penenberg (Pregutenberg's Period), the Printenberg (Gutenberg's Period) and Bytenberg (Postgutenberg's Period).

The Penenberg Period

Before the invention of the Gutenberg’s characters, books as a verbal written material communication logistics were imprisoned in the monasteries. They were static, immobile, unique and elitist objects. 

The Printenberg Period

The puzzle of characters invented by Gutenberg became the magic formula for dissemination of verbal communication written by the world. The combination of typographic characters shaped spreader and grammar had a multiplier effect on access to knowledge and this disruptive formula created new perspectives in education. 

The Printberg Period lasted several centuries, but less time as compared with the previous period. The alphabet brought by bytes freed knowledge of books logistics. We have the privilege of being contemporaries of this period of succession and transition to Postgutenberg’s Period.

The Bytenberg Period

Postgutenberg's Period started with the recent flow of bytes. The internet has freed the education that was stuck in the halls of schools and universities, bringing it to the street and making it flexible in all places and at all times, accelerating the speed of your dissemination. 

We are almost all immigrants and few are natives of this historic hazard. Most teachers are immigrants and are struggling with communication clashes with the natives (students). After all we should view this as a learning process. In conclusion: the Gutenberg's Period freed knowledge of chained books of monasteries; the Bytenberg's Period freed knowledge of the classroom walls.