Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Reading: Writing on the Wall

My book collection can sometimes be thought of as a garden. I collect books from time to time, just like I do plants. People recommend books to me, just like they do plants. And books are great to share with others, just like plants.

This summer, I've been sharing about some of the books that I've been reading, and maybe you might find your own copies to read at the library or your local bookstore.

I recently finished the book Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage. He is a New York Times bestselling author, and the book interested me, so I put it on my Christmas list. Yes, I just now got around to reading it.

This book talks about how social communication through media changed from the ancient Greeks to today. For example, I found it fascinating that in one culture, graffiti was not thought of at taboo. Instead, it was common for people to etch messages to each other in the sandstone walls outside people’s houses. And people would reply. In addition, this book covers how certain inventions like Morse Code, the telegraph, radio, television, etc. came to be.

I recommend it for anyone who is interested in history, communications, media and journalism.

Please let me know what books you're reading this summer!

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