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Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years Hardcover – 15 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620402831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620402832
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,692,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book will change the way you think about social media. It reveals that today's techologies are helping us scratch a timeless itch to connect and share." --Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape, cofounder and general partner, Andreessen Horowitz.

"Tom Standage's gripping history shows that the era of mass media dominance that we grew up in was a two-century anomaly in the natural course of our culture. Media used to be social and is becoming even more so again." --Chris Anderson, author of MAKERS: The New Industrial Revolution

"Tom Standage once again displays his ingenious gift for connecting our historical past to the debates and technologies of the present day. Writing on the Wall makes an entertaining and persuasive argument." --Steven Johnson, author of FUTURE PREFECT and WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM

"On the Internet we continue an old tradition of social media, pioneered in the Roman Republic. Writing on the Wall shows how we're retweeting the past at this very moment and inventing the future." --Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist

"A thoroughly fascinating look at the evolution of social media." --Booklist

About the Author

Tom Standage is digital editor at the Economist, overseeing the magazine's website, smartphone, tablet, and e-reader editions. He is also editor of the Technology Quarterly supplement, which covers emerging technology. Standage is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller A History of the World in 6 Glasses, An Edible History of Humanity, and The Victorian Internet, described by the Wall Street Journal as a "dot-com cult classic." Standage is a regular commentator on BBC radio and has written for many other publications, including the New York Times and Wired. He lives in London with his wife and children. Visit his website at www.tomstandage.com.


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