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Book Title: Writing on the Wall: Social Media-- The First 2,000 Years|
Date of issue: April 8th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781408842065
The author of the book: Tom Standage
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 741 KB
Edition: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Read full description of the books Writing on the Wall: Social Media-- The First 2,000 Years:Eminently readable, this book gives a thumbnail overview of the development of writing, then engagingly begins with Roman methods of social media, graffiti, scrolls, letters, codexes.
The author ties the evolution of these various social media to political developments, attempts at governmental censorship and control, technological breakthroughs, etc, and draws some interesting conclusions. Like how social media during the years of radio diminished because it was easier to control the means of technology (especially in Nazi Germany, where there was a deliberate program of total control of all information flow).
The problem is that it is spotty. For example, we get a full chapter on the coffee houses, but what about the salons? We hear about the Chinese government's sophisticated methods of controlling their internet, but what about China's long, LONG history of social media? What about India, Africa, Japan, etc?
I enjoyed the bits we did get--I'd never heard of the Devonshire Manuscript, for instance--but the idea could easily have extended to several volumes. I would cheerfully have read them all!
Read information about the authorTom Standage is a journalist and author from England. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked as a science and technology writer for The Guardian, as the business editor at The Economist, has been published in Wired, The New York Times, and The Daily Telegraph, and has published five books, including The Victorian Internet. This book explores the historical development of the telegraph and the social ramifications associated with this development. Tom Standage also proposes that if Victorians from the 1800s were to be around today, they would be far from impressed with present Internet capabilities. This is because the development of the telegraph essentially mirrored the development of the Internet. Both technologies can be seen to have largely impacted the speed and transmission of information and both were widely criticised by some, due to their perceived negative consequences.
Standage has taken part in various key media events. He recently participated in ictQATAR's "Media Connected" forum for journalists in Qatar, where he discussed the concept of technology journalism around the world and how technology is expected to keep transforming the world of journalism in the Middle East and all around the world.
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