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    DescriptionPapyrus 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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    Title
    Writing on the Wall
    Subtitle
    Social Media - the First 2,000 Years
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Standage, Narrator Simon Vance
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 163 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452613338
    ISBN 10: 1452613338
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC subject category V2: KNT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: JFD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    DC22: 302.23
    BISAC V2.8: LAN004000
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55500
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    BIC subject category V2: JFFP
    DC22: 302.23/1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    DC23: 302.2244
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HM741 .S72 2013B
    Thema V1.0: JBCT, KNT, NHTB, JBF
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    15 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Tom Standage is technology editor at the "Economist" magazine and the author of "The Turk," "The Neptune File," and "The Victorian Internet." Simon Vance has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for his narration of "Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini. He is also the recipient of five coveted Audie Awards, including one for "The King's Speech" by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, and he was named an "AudioFile" Best Voice of 2009.
    Review quote
    "A thoroughly fascinating look at the evolution of social media." ---Booklist Starred Review