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Tama Leaver

Social Media: How Media Got Social

by Tama Leaver

Social Media: How Media Got Social

Tama Leaver

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In the EdX course from Curtin University, professor Tama Leaver explains how the Internet evolved from a Cold War communication tool to the World Wide Web and the social media apps we know and use today.

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Social Media: How Media Got Social

by Tama Leaver

Social Media: How Media Got Social

Tama Leaver

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From sharing what we ate for lunch to reading this very text, we've gotten used to having the world at our fingertips through our smartphones and the World Wide Web. But as hard as it may be for digital natives to imagine, the Internet originated not as a social platform, but a government tool used for wartime communications.

In this course offered through EdX, Curtin University professor Tama Leaver and sessional academic Gwyneth Peaty track the history and use of the Internet over the last 70 years. Along the way, we will learn how email, blogs, wiki pages, and social media platforms transformed the way we live and socialize.

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"The Internet was initially created for the purposes of secure information storage and exchange between academic, political, and military institutions. However, social communication quickly became its primary use."

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