Author, @TheEconomist deputy editor, @SebastopolBand drummer, gamer, pizza-maker, etc. 'Writing on the Wall', book on ancient social media, out now.

Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

bloomsbury.com — Today we are endlessly connected: constantly tweeting, texting or e-mailing. This may seem unprecedented, yet it is not. Throughout history, information has been spread through social networks, with far-reaching social and political effects. Writing on the Wall reveals how an elaborate network of letter exchanges forewarned of power shifts in Cicero's Rome, while the torrent of tracts circulating in sixteenth-century Germany triggered the Reformation.

The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers

isbn.nu — The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers The price comparison is for this edition from Walker & Co (October 1, 1998) 9780802713421 | details &amp prices | 227 pages | 6.00 × 8.25 × 1.00 in.
Sep 17, 2015

.@tomstandage wrote the definitive book on telegraph-related erotic communication, The Victorian Internet. isbn.nu/9780802713421

WRITING IS THE GREATEST INVENTION

moreintelligentlife.co.uk — Tom Standage argues that writing, which allows ideas to travel across space and time, has done the most for human progress ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, January/February 2012 The greatest invention of all must surely be writing. It is not just one of the foundations of civilisation: it underpins the steady accumulation of intellectual achievement.
Aug 10, 2015

Larry Page calls writing "one of humanity's most important innovations"—here's why it's the greatest of all moreintelligentlife.co.uk/content/ideas/… #alphabet

Aug 10, 2015

RT @tomstandage: Larry Page calls writing "one of humanity's most important innovations"—here's why it's the greatest of all moreintelligentlife.co.uk/content/ideas/… #alphabet

Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

bloomsbury.com — From the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses, the story of social media from ancient Rome to the Arab Spring and beyond. Social media is anything but a new phenomenon.

Is the surveillance-based ad model setting itself up for a fall?

thedrum.com — As targeting becomes ever more precise, is the surveillance-based ad model setting itself up for a fall? The Economist's Tom Standage looks at shifting attitudes towards 'discounts for data'. As the advertising industry expands rapidly on digital platforms, it is taking a risk.
Oct 01, 2015

@DarakMakDubble Check out the figures on ad-blocking from the Reuters Institute here, then: thedrum.com/opinion/2015/0…

Oct 01, 2015

Me on the first set of chickens, in July: thedrum.com/opinion/2015/0… And the second set of chickens, in April: niemanlab.org/2015/04/the-ec…

The editors' blog

moreintelligentlife.com — In "That Sugar Film", Gameau-whose normal diet is fashionably free of refined sugars-decides to eat 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 60 days, while monitoring the effects on his body. The set-up is familiar.
Jul 01, 2015

"Cinema's answer to the Mona Lisa" - my review of Scorsese Collects @MuseumModern moreintelligentlife.com/blog/tom-shone…’s-posters

Jul 01, 2015

"I've always wanted my writing career to proceed from a point equidistant between Melanie Griffith's knees" moreintelligentlife.com/blog/tom-shone…’s-posters

WILL APPLE MUSIC BEAT SPOTIFY?

moreintelligentlife.com — Posted by Tom Standage, July 1st 2015 When Apple launched the iTunes Music Store in 2003, it was a pioneer: its was the first download service that actually worked, and it went on to dominate the digital music industry. But when it comes to music streaming, Apple is a laggard.

VIVE LA REVOLUTION

moreintelligentlife.com — A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage becomes an assassin in Paris, fixes his posture and books a meal out From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, May/June 2015 A GAME ASSASSIN'S CREED UNITY You know what you're getting with "Assassin's Creed": an opportunity to run, climb, leap and fight your way through intricate cityscapes, stealthily bumping people off as two rival secret societies battle to alter the course of history.
Apr 15, 2015

RT @intlifemag: Hunched over your computer all day? @TomStandage recommends a gadget to improve your posture, from @lumobodytech intlifem.ag/6fy7QES

Apr 15, 2015

RT @intlifemag: Hunched over your computer all day? @TomStandage recommends a gadget to improve your posture, from @lumobodytech intlifem.ag/6fy7QES

RECTANGLES WITH PERSONALITY

moreintelligentlife.co.uk — A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage roots for Thomas the rectangle, re-charges on the go and time travels through his photo albums From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, September/October 2014 A GAME THOMAS WAS ALONE Modern games consoles can draw squillions of polygons per second and produce almost photorealistic images, so a game with deliberately simple graphics and a cast of jumping rectangles does not, it must be said, sound terribly promising.

DESTINY'S DARK UNIVERSE

moreintelligentlife.co.uk — A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage plays a wildly ambitious shoot-em-up , goes around the world in 80 Days, and finds some speakers he can take with him From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, November/December 2014 The most feverishly awaited game of the year has landed.
Apr 12, 2015

@Angry_Kurt I review games for our bi-monthly sister publication "Intelligent Life", eg: moreintelligentlife.co.uk/content/lifest…

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Feb 12, 2016

@charlesarthur @BenedictEvans Or he could have joined in 2013 and pretended he was 16. Someone should do a survey of real v claimed ages!

Feb 12, 2016

@BenedictEvans @charlesarthur Presumably he joined several years ago (while under 13) and lied about his age, and is now deemed to be 18+?

Feb 11, 2016

RT @EconMedia: Digital circulation for @TheEconomist up 31% yoy according to latest @ABC_UK audit figures #ABCDAY econ.st/20NQt0O

Feb 11, 2016

@ravmattu @qz It's just slow. And it's only a pseudo-chat interface; at each step you've got "More" or "Next". Kudos for originality, though

Feb 11, 2016

@azeem Go was originally Chinese, though it was popularised centuries later in Japan gobase.org/reading/histor…

Feb 11, 2016

Just realised what the new @qz app reminds me of: a "Choose your own adventure" interface to reading news. Well, it's certainly original.

Feb 11, 2016

The @qz app is... interesting: "want to hear about X?" (Y/N) for lots of stories, via a slow chat interface. Scrolling/swiping is quicker

Feb 10, 2016

@Nick_Kokkinos How about the OpenWorm project? Started with a tweet...

Feb 10, 2016

@Nick_Kokkinos Best of luck! Hit them with some Romans, and Martin Luther!


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