My new book: and now for the hard part

Yes, I’m working on another book, this time on the history of the idea of social media, from Roman times to the internet. I’ve been researching this for more than a year already, and there was quite a lot of overlap with my recent special report in The Economist on the future of news, which examined the growing importance of social media in the news ecosystem, and set the current difficulties of the news industry in historical context. I’ve got the outline of the new book sorted out, and gave a preview of some of its content in a recent speech (see below). Now for the hard part: I actually have to write it.

  1. Andy said:

    Can’t wait to read it! I’ve read all but one of your books and I absolutely love the subjects and perspectives you give of history. Keep up the great work!

  2. Michael said:


    I’m currently an (MA) Student in Design for Digital Media and I am currently researching a similar topic to the material you have covered. I was wondering if there was any chance of looking at the references and sources you used to inspire your seminar. Would love to see the final outcome of the book! Some really interesting stuff.

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