Writing on the Wall

Social Media: The First 2,000 Years
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Author(s): Tom Standage
Genre: History
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Product Number: DD9954
Released: Oct 15, 2013
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ISBN: #9781452613338
Narrator/s: Simon Vance
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Papyrus rolls and Twitter have much in common, as each was their generation's 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 centuries-the Catholic Church, for example, faced similar dilemmas in deciding whether or how to respond to Martin Luther's 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, coinventor 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 today's social media and encourages debate and discussion about how we'll communicate in the future.

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Writing on the Wall
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Author(s): Tom Standage
Narrator(s): Simon Vance
Genre: History
Product Number Z100099882
Released: Jul 20, 2015
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452693330
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Author(s): Tom Standage
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Released: Feb 23, 2016
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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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"Simon VanceÕs engaging voice helps to drive StandageÕs history of social media. His English accent and use of emphasis command listenersÕ attention and hold it throughout the production. His vocal energy also keeps a consistent momentum within the narrative that can help listeners get through some dry parts. Sometimes when quoting a person or a letter, itÕs not always clear when heÕs done quoting and has returned to prose. Standage provides a fascinating history of social media by identifying and connecting its predecessors all the way back to the dawn of time. Recognizing social media as an outgrowth of socializing and communications, he moves from period to period of human history, teasing out social mediaÕs forefathers. L.E. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"