I’ve been reading an interesting book by Tom Standage called Writing on the Wall. It’s a kind of history of human communication starting with the premise that all media, even that dating back to the ancient Romans and earlier, is inherently based on the notion of a “social” two-way conversation between creator and audience. The idea that social media in the modern internet sense –including blogs, Twitter, and the like– is so-called disruptive to more traditional forms of broadcast and publication is challenged. He seems to be arguing that the disruption occurred when, around about 150 years ago, the cost of the technology made media the nearly exclusive domain of big business and government… and the internet just put things back to how it used to be, albeit with bytes rather than ink. It kinda justifies what I’m doing here, actually.