I am a journalist and author based in London. My speciality is the use of historical analogy in science, technology and business writing. I have done various jobs at The Economist over the years, where I’m now deputy editor with special responsibility for digital stuff. I like to play the drums, play video games and drink wine. But not all at the same time, obviously. You can contact me at tomtom at pobox dot com, or find me on Twitter as @tomstandage.
Tom Standage is Deputy Editor at The Economist, overseeing its strategy and output on digital platforms, including the web, apps and social media. He previously served as Business Affairs Editor, Business Editor, Technology Editor and Science Correspondent. Tom is also the author of six history books, including “Writing on the Wall: Social Media—The First 2,000 Years”, 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 with his wife and children.
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“A terrific writer” — The New York Times
“Angular, toothsome” — The Seattle Times
“Slender, talkative” — The Boston Globe
Unofficial bio by Ella, age 6, from 2006
My daddys name is tom. he tells me storys. he likse beer coffee and rum. he has bron hair and blue eyes. he has a nose that looks funny. he is 36 years old. he is great! he has big ears. he works in the Economist. he ritse books. he isent very good at gardening. he dose smelly farts. I love him.
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