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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
Book cover for 9781620402832
 
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 generation's signature means of “instant” communication.
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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