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

ISBN-10: 1620402858

ISBN-13: 9781620402856

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Authors: Tom Standage
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Description: Social media is anything but a new phenomenon. From the papyrus letters Cicero and other Roman statesmen used to exchange news, to the hand-printed tracts of the Reformation and the pamphlets that spread propaganda during the American and French revolutions, the ways people shared information with their peers in the past are echoed in the present. After decades of newspapers, radio, and television dominating in dissemination of information, the Internet has spawned a reemergence of social media as a powerful way for individuals to share information with their friends, driving public discourse in new ways.Standage reminds us how historical social networks have much in common with modern social media. The Catholic Church’s dilemmas in responding to Martin Luther’s attacks are similar to those of today’s large institutions in responding to criticism on the Internet, for example, and seventeenth-century complaints about the distractions of coffeehouses mirror modern concerns about social media. Invoking figures from Thomas Paine to Vinton Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet, Standage explores themes that have long been debated, from the tension between freedom of expression and censorship to social media’s role in spurring innovation and fomenting revolution. Writing on the Wall draws on history to cast provocative new light on today’s social media and encourages debate and discussion about how we’ll communicate in the future.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 9/16/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.36" wide x 5.64" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Tom Standage is a journalist and author from England. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked as a science and technology writer for The Guardian, as the business editor at The Economist, has been published in Wired, The New York Times, and The Daily Telegraph. His non-fiction works include The Victorian Internet, A History of the World in Six Glasses, An Edible History of Humanity (on the New York Times bestseller list in 2014), and Writing on the Wall: Social Media -- The First 2,000 Years.

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