After Gutenberg’s invention, the bounds of language expanded rapidly as writers, competing for the eyes of ever more sophisticated and demanding readers, strived to express ideas and emotions with superior clarity, elegance, and originality. The vocabulary of the English language, once limited to just a few thousand words, expanded to upwards of a million words as books proliferated. Many of the new words encapsulated abstract concepts that simply hadn’t existed before.
Walter J. Ong, Orality and Literacy (New York: Routledge, 2002) pàg. 8 citat per Nicholas Carr dins The Shallows. What the internet is doing to our brains. pàg. 97 Taurus, 2011