‘The good and bad history lessons of social media’ | C. Beckett- LSE: POLIS

‘The good and bad history lessons of social media’ | C. Beckett- LSE: POLIS

Social media is nothing new according to Tom Standage. He defines it as “media we get from other people and exchange along social connections, creating a distributed discussion or community.” By this view, social media falls in line with the traditions of pre-industrial communication, and is indeed part of a grand intellectual tradition. By contrast he argues, “Industrial media”, those authoritative voices from newspapers, radios, and media conglomerates that dictate from on high, to the passive audience below, is the historical anomaly.

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