Another John, this time a Gutenburg, ushered the modern era of human history with his movable type printing press in 1439. His machine democratized learning and helped catalyze Renaissance, Reformation, scientific revolution and sparked many, many wars. The death of old ideas and powers gave way to new players and a new world order. The Vatican and the British Monarchy are the very rare relics that have survived the chaos of the last three centuries.
Another era has begun. It is fast shaping our thinking, our way of life and our politics.
Today, in a world wrapped in Instagram images, GIFs and viral memes, the written word is losing much of its political space.
Time Magazine is dead. Long live the emoticons. And the midnight tweets and fake news. Falsehoods, half-, quarter- truths or semblances thereof are slowly creeping as acceptable norms.