How the 16th century invented social media - The Economist
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Five centuries before Facebook and the Arab spring, social media helped bring about the Reformation This article originally appeared in the 2011 Christmas double issue of The Economist. It is a familiar-sounding tale: after decades of simmering discontent a new form of media gives opponents of an authoritarian regime a way to express their views, register their solidarity and co-ordinate their actions.

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