Lessons from ancient social media | Tom Standage | TEDxOxbridge

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  • Published on Aug 19, 2013
  • Social media isn't the just sign of modern times but, Tom Standage explains, of ancient ones, too. At TEDxOxbridge, he takes us on a tour of the history of how news and ideas were spread and discussed -- from the letters of Cicero to the coffee houses of Elizabethan England -- and shows that social media is not that new after all.

    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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Comments • 6

  • Hüseyin Orhan
    Hüseyin Orhan 7 months ago

    şunun türkçe altyazısını koyacak bir babayiğit yok mu

  • Amir Ha
    Amir Ha 3 years ago +1

    the second part (conclusions) is amazing.

  • Michael Savidge
    Michael Savidge 5 years ago +1

    Never since Sir Ken Robinson have I been so entertained. Love it!

  • Andrew Vine
    Andrew Vine 5 years ago

    ... excellent - and now you know why I tell people that Tom's my favourite speaker (I run a speaker bureau)

  • Kevin Parcell
    Kevin Parcell 5 years ago

    Btw, here's a new massive online collaboration tool that harnesses p-2-p people power -reconomy net

  • Kevin Parcell
    Kevin Parcell 5 years ago

    Tom Standage, thanks for this, glad to see The Economist and its Bosses continuing to conspire for a better world. Worth sharing, BDFMA (but don't follow my advice).
    My favorite example of the coffee house as social media hub is Einstein and his buddies in Bern kicking around the problem of light. If he had been a better corporate tool then he'd have been teaching like he wanted.