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#5 Social media is nothing new: Tom Standage of The Economist at The Future of Text 2013

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Published on Nov 26, 2013

Tom Standage is Editor of Economist.com and author, most recently of Writing On The Wall, a history of social media from the Romans to the Internet. Tom looked at the evolution of communication from a social perspective. He argues that when considered in the wider context of communications history, social media is not a fad, and it is the mass media of the past 150 years that is the anomaly.

The Future of Text 2013 was a unique one day symposium at London College of Communication (LCC) concerned with the future of written communication. Hosted by the advertising programme at LCC speakers included Vint Cerf of Google, Chris Stringer of The Natural History Museum, Jonathan Taylor of The British Museum, John Baines of Oxford.

University, David Bellos of Princeton University and Tom Standage of The Economist.
Speakers presented on topics from the origins of human writing and the creation of the alphabet, to the technological and societal factors that have shaped the written word and the future of communications beyond the digital age.

All of the talks are free to enjoy and share on the LCC YouTube Channel.

www.arts.ac.uk/lcc

www.thefutureoftext.org

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