Thousands of Years of Social Media


A new book 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.  In Writing on the Wall, author Tom Standage joined us to talk about how the issues of surrounding social media are timeless. For example, in the early sixteenth century the Catholic Church faced a dilemma in deciding how to respond to Martin Luther’s attacks, just as large institutions now must confront responding to public criticism on the Internet. The book 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.


  • Book Event for Writing on the Wall
  • Tuesday, October 15, 7:30pm
  • Powell's City of Books, 1005 West Burnside, Portland

For more information on the book, visit Tom's website.


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