Is it accurate to call print an information technology?
I ask this question because my work concerns, among other things, the effects of print upon eighteenth-century Britain, and I’m uncertain if what is going on in this earlier period is part of the same historical narrative that includes the impact of the Internet, say, on contemporary life. I used to say yes, but now I’m not so confident.
Print presents information, but it doesn’t process it or reprocess it in response to input from the user, which seems to be one of the defining characteristics of information technology.
I’m willing to argue about it. Can anyone refer me to a source that considers this question?