By Tom Standage
Social media is something yet a brand new phenomenon. From the papyrus letters that Cicero and different Roman statesmen used to replace information, to the hand-printed tracts of the Reformation and the pamphlets that unfold propaganda in the course of the American and French revolutions, the methods humans shared info with their friends long ago are echoed within the current. After many years of newspapers, radio, and tv dominating in dissemination of knowledge, the web has spawned a reemergence of social media as a robust new manner for people to percentage details with their acquaintances, 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 modern-day huge associations in responding to feedback on the net, for instance, and seventeenth-century lawsuits concerning the distractions of coffeehouses reflect sleek issues approximately social media. Invoking figures from Thomas Paine to Vinton Cerf, co-inventor of the web, Standage explores subject matters 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 background to solid provocative new gentle on modern day social media and encourages debate and dialogue approximately how we will speak within the future.