Lessons from Ancient Social Media: Tom Standage at TEDxOxbridgeMost people assume that today's social-media environment is unprecedented. But the idea of social media actually has deep historical roots, extending back to Roman times. It turns out that many of the questions prompted by social media in the 21st century have arisen before, which means that history can provide valuable lessons for us today.
Tom Standage (@tomstandage) is digital editor at The Economist and editor-in-chief of its website, Economist.com. He has been editor of the Technology Quarterly supplement, which covers emerging technology, since 2003. Tom is also the author of six history books, including the forthcoming "Writing on the Wall" (October 2013), the New York Times bestseller "A History of the World in Six Glasses" (2005), and "The Victorian Internet" (1998), a history of the telegraph. He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and is the least musical member of a musical family. He is married and lives in London.
This talk was part of the "Connecting Through Time" session at TEDxOxbridge "Timeless Ideas" in Oxford, England at the Said Business School on June 1, 2013. Find out more about TEDxOxbridge at www.tedxoxbridge.com or on Facebook or Twitter (@tedxoxbridge).
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