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Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
Publication date September 16, 2014
Pages 278
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781620402856
ISBN-10 1620402858
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
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Social media is anything but a new phenomenon. From the papyrus letters that 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 new 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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Hardcover
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from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (October 15, 2013)
9781620402832 | details & prices | 278 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Papyrus rolls and Twitter have much in common as each was their generations signature means of instant communication Indeed as Tom Standage reveals in his scintillating new book social media is anything but a new phenomenon From the papyrus letters that Roman statesmen used to exchange news across the Empire to the advent of hand-printed tracts of the Reformation to the pamphlets that spread propaganda during the American and French revolutions Standage chronicles the increasingly sophisticated ways people shared information with each other spontaneously and organically down the centuries With the rise of newspapers in the nineteenth century then radio and television mass media consolidated control of information in the hands of a few moguls However the Internet has brought information sharing full circle and the spreading of news along social networks has reemerged in powerful new ways A fresh provocative exploration of social media over two millennia Writing on the Wall reminds us how modern behavior echoes that of prior centuriesthe Catholic Church for example faced similar dilemmas in deciding whether or how to respond to Martin Luthers attacks in the early sixteenth century to those that large institutions confront today in responding to public criticism on the Internet Invoking the likes of Thomas Paine and Vinton Cerf co-inventor of the Internet Standage explores themes that have long been debated the tension between freedom of expression and censorship whether social media trivializes coarsens or enhances public discourse and its role in spurring innovation enabling self-promotion and fomenting revolution As engaging as it is visionary Writing on the Wall draws on history to cast new light on todays social media and encourages debate and discussion about how well communicate in the future
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (September 16, 2014)
9781620402856 | details & prices | 278 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Social media is anything but a new phenomenon.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Simon Vance (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Tantor Media Inc (October 15, 2013)
9781452663333 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $29.99
About: Papyrus rolls and Twitter have much in common, as each was their generation's signature means of "instant" communication.

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