Has social media changed how we write?

Writing is such an old and fundamental human activity that it is easy to forget how much it has changed over time. Only a few thousand years ago the written word had to be carved on to stone tablets, and could only be read by an elite priesthood. Just a few centuries ago the printing press allowed the first mass production of books, but still only a small percentage of people could read them. Just a hand full of decades ago, universal education and libraries allowed almost everyone in the developed world access to the written word. But even a few short years ago, the mass media meant that only a few people could be heard.

Read more and watch the presentation on the Writing Industries website.

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Director of creative writing at UoL, published with OUP and Cambridge. Currently travelling the world and writing a book.

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