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Hashtag this: Social media wasn't born yesterday. In fact, as Economist digital editor Tom Standage (A History of the World in 6 Glasses) notes in this fascinating exploration, it's been around for millennia. His Writing on the Wall transforms images of grimy, cracking papyrus rolls into the effective media they once were; shows how tracts printed by hand helped fuel Reformation social networks; and describes the very real effects of radical pamphleteering on eighteenth century revolutions on both sides of the Atlantic. This refreshing narrative not only places Twitter, Facebook, and the rest in historical context; it demonstrates that issues such as freedom of expression, speedy dissemination, government control, misinformation, and quality of dialogue have been percolating for centuries and centuries. Editor's recommendation.