Watch the film Linotype: In Search of the Eighth Wonder of the World (2012).The film depicts a “second printing revolution” inaugurated by the production and proliferation of Ottmar Mergenthaler’s Linotype machine which quickly replaced the long-standing
Gutenberg Press around the globe. The film also provides a window onto the world of those individuals who
currently operate and maintain Linotype machines. Utilizing the Information Literacy practices and skills that
were introduced in Thursday’s class, please do the following:
- Imagine that you have chosen the Linotype machine or Ottmar Mergenthaler (or both) as the subject of your
Final Research Essay assignment. Locate at least two (2) published sources (1 primary and 1 secondary) that
provide information about the Linotype machine or Mergenthaler (or both). The sources could be a book, a
journal essay, a magazine, newspaper article, correspondence by Mergenthaler himself, a patent, a diagram,
or anything else that you are able to locate.
- Clearly identify the sources. This includes determining which source is a primary source and which is a
secondary source, as well as identifying the author, the publisher, and publication type (for example, a book,
journal, newspaper article, or other type of publication).
- Discuss and explain the content of the sources. What information is each source attempting to convey? Do
you think that the sources you identify would serve as useful sources for your research essay?
- Finally, identify at least one of the many examples of tacit knowledge on display in the Linotype film. Clearly
explain how the example (or examples) you provide exhibit the characteristics of tacit knowledge.
rganisation – significantly higher than the other “essential” trade languages such as Mandarin Chinese, only rated useful by 28% of companies. (CBI, 2013). With France being Britain’s third most important export market (where English does not hold L1 status), the commercial benefits of the French language undeniably place it in line with, or in close second to English as a profitable language by UK, European and global businesses. Nations where French is recognised as an L1, such as France, Belgium and Luxembourg, are vital to the UK economy– these three countries alone bring £35 billion through exportation of British products every year. (Office of National Statistics, 2013.) The economic value of the English language is tremendous, and advantageous for both the UK economy and global business. Two-thirds of corporate executives surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit reported the most essential language to be of fluent proficiency in is English – followed by Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as the second and third most useful. (Harvard Business Report, 2012). For this reason, it is unlikely that the English language poses a threat to the French language within the economy unless in a European trade context, due to English already being established as a language of global trade. The results of this study support the idea that, to some extent, French is under threat from the global rise of English due to its continuous growth in economic trade deals and business negotiations, in addition to its dominance within the European political system. However, findings in this study suggest that the threat may not be as considerable as initially thought. As a result of recent changes in European politics, and relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, French holds itself as a language vital to the function within European business and the European commission – something the English language cannot always fulfil. In conclusion, this creates the notion that the English language will not fully eradicate the practicality of the French language, and therefore is not a significant threat.>GET ANSWER