Was print able to shape the minds of people of France directly?

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Was print able to shape the minds of people of France directly?
Answer:

  • There can be no doubt that print helps the spread of ideas but we must remember that people did not read just one kind of literature.
  • If they read the ideas of Voltaire and Rousseau, they were also exposed to monarchical and Church propaganda.
  • They were not influenced directly by everything they read or saw.
  • They accepted some ideas and rejected others. They interpreted things their own way.
  • Print did not directly shape their minds but it did open up the possibility of thinking differently.