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The Gutenberg Press, Twitter and the Users of Modern Technology

Bridget Cox contends that Donald Trump and Martin Luther have much in common.

This article was written by BRIDGET COX at Oban High School as part of her Scottish Baccalaureate in Expressive Arts, Languages, Science and Social Sciences. Last year the school had three pupils who all achieved the Scottish Baccalaureate in Social Science. They were Bridget, Anna Bavington and Mary Donnelly. This year the school has nine students working on the Baccalaureate awards.

A LOUD and opinionated outsider who shocked the world and successfully fought against the establishment, changing the course of history through his use of modern technology to promote his controversial views.

Who springs to mind? Donald Trump? Or Martin Luther? He, too, used modern technology to publicise his anti-establishment opinions and cause the Protestant Reformation.

Donald Trump and Martin Luther are not the same, but their uses of Twitter and the Gutenberg printing press respectively have had many similar effects, and it could be argued that nailing a pamphlet to the door of a church was the 16th century equivalent of a Tweet.

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