By Tom Standage
Social media is whatever yet a brand new phenomenon. From the papyrus letters that Cicero and different Roman statesmen used to switch information, to the hand-printed tracts of the Reformation and the pamphlets that unfold propaganda through the American and French revolutions, the methods humans shared details with their friends some time past are echoed within the current. After a long time of newspapers, radio, and tv dominating in dissemination of knowledge, the web has spawned a reemergence of social media as a robust new approach for people to proportion details with their neighbors, using public discourse in new ways.
Standage reminds us how ancient social networks have a lot in universal with glossy social media. The Catholic Church's dilemmas in responding to Martin Luther's assaults are just like these of brand new huge associations in responding to feedback on the web, for instance, and seventeenth-century lawsuits in regards to the distractions of coffeehouses reflect sleek matters approximately social media. Invoking figures from Thomas Paine to Vinton Cerf, co-inventor of the net, Standage explores issues that experience lengthy been debated, from the strain among freedom of expression and censorship to social media's position in spurring innovation and fomenting revolution. Writing at the Wall attracts on heritage to forged provocative new mild on state-of-the-art social media and encourages debate and dialogue approximately how we are going to converse within the future.