I use social media daily. I use it blog about movies, make friends and look for a place to eat. I also read books and listen to music using social media. This subject really appeals to me. I did not grow up using social media, but it has definitely made my life easier. I don't have to spend so much time looking for things because of social media sites like amazon and yelp.
I learned that the ancient Greeks started the practice of writing graffiti. They wrote on walls of friends to make announcements of love affairs and other news I don't write on walls physically, but I write on the walls of my friends on Facebook to announce what is going on in my life. I learned that Issac Newton formulated his theories of gravity in coffee shops in the seventeenth century. I have never done any academic or creative work in coffee shops, but it seems like a great place to discuss my writing with other people. I never thought letter writing could be a form of social media. Standage discusses how the letters of Saint Paul helped spread the word about different churches. I really appreciate when I receive a hand written letter, because I know that the person took time to write me.
I never thought that writing poetry could be used to impress people and enhance a person's career. Standage finds a historical example of this. Sir John Harrington possessed a talent for writing poetry, that he impressed the Tudor court in the sixteenth century. His writing prowess promoted him to the rank of knight. I like to write poetry, so this example inspires me to continue doing it. Standage briefly discusses the impact social media has on what happens today. I learned of a Chinese social media platform called Weibo. Posts from this web site helped Chinese officials investigate a train crash in 2011 where forty people died. Writing on the Wall is a fascinating book, because the history of social media is something I have never thought of before.
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