Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

Tom Standage


Social media is whatever yet a brand new phenomenon. From the papyrus letters that Cicero and different Roman statesmen used to replace information, to the hand-printed tracts of the Reformation and the pamphlets that unfold propaganda throughout the American and French revolutions, the methods humans shared info with their friends some time past are echoed within the current. After many years of newspapers, radio, and tv dominating in dissemination of data, the web has spawned a reemergence of social media as a strong new method for people to proportion info with their neighbors, riding public discourse in new ways.

Standage reminds us how old social networks have a lot in universal with smooth social media. The Catholic Church's dilemmas in responding to Martin Luther's assaults are just like these of cutting-edge huge associations in responding to feedback on the web, for instance, and seventeenth-century lawsuits concerning the distractions of coffeehouses replicate glossy matters approximately social media. Invoking figures from Thomas Paine to Vinton Cerf, co-inventor of the web, Standage explores issues that experience lengthy been debated, from the stress among freedom of expression and censorship to social media's function in spurring innovation and fomenting revolution. Writing at the Wall attracts on historical past to forged provocative new mild on modern day social media and encourages debate and dialogue approximately how we will speak within the future.

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