Started by Neuromancer911, Oct 27, 2017, 11:19:54 AM
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Quote from: Neuromancer911 on Oct 27, 2017, 11:19:54 AMPenguin presents The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson.What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From the global best-selling author of Empire, The Ascent of Money and Civilization, this is a whole new way of looking at the world.Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks - leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?The 21st century has been hailed as the Networked Age. But in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that social networks are nothing new. From the printers and preachers who made the Reformation to the freemasons who led the American Revolution, it was the networkers who disrupted the old order of popes and kings. Far from being novel, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the computer in the role of the printing press. Those looking forward to a utopia of interconnected 'netizens' may therefore be disappointed. For networks are prone to clustering, contagions, and even outages. And the conflicts of the past already have unnerving parallels today, in the time of Facebook, Islamic State and Trumpworld.Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover InstitutionLast Edit by Palmerston
Quote from: WaylonK on Jan 15, 2018, 05:28:44 AMLooks like an interesting read. I'll certainly pick it up since I've heard only good things about Niall Ferguson. Thanks for the suggestion.Last Edit by Palmerston
Quote from: Neuromancer911 on Jan 16, 2018, 05:31:45 AMI just found it interesting because he is a legitimate establishment historian.If he was considered right, it would certainly be embarrassing for the "paranoid style" brigade.Last Edit by Palmerston