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Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History

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How have new communication technologies —the clay tablet, the printing press, the radio, the photocopier, and the internet—impacted history? Bernstein (author of A Splendid Exchange, an Economist and Financial Times Best Book of the Year) explores how these revolutionary tools, from the birth of writing in Mesopotamia to the proliferation of text messaging and social media have shaped society over millennia. While access to technology has spread from “the few and the big to the small and the many,” and the world has become more connected,  the question remains—are we more free or just servants to another kind of master?

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