What the Internet has proven with resounding success is that it can connect writers with real audiences. Any approach at online [writing] education (or offline education, for that matter) that ignores this feature of the Web adds nothing significant to the process.
1650 was closer in spirit to the time we live in now than it was to 1450. The change was so enormous …but what was also clear is that there was never a moment where everybody said, “Oh I get it. This is what the printing press is going to do. Well let just do that thing.” It was 150 years of chaos and blood shed when people almost literally didn’t know what to think, right. It was perfectly clear that the printing press had broken a bunch of ancient institutions but no one knew what would replace it and you could never replace it even if you did know because those new institutions needed time to mature
Clay Shirky via http://bigthink.com/ideas/14984