Explore the history of social networks

Niall Ferguson untangles issues surrounding social media networks, viral ideas and truth.

  • Fred Vigeant

WITF presents the three-part series Niall Ferguson’s Networld Tuesday March 17.

In this groundbreaking new series hosted by Niall Ferguson and based on his bestselling book The Square and the Tower, Ferguson visits network theorists, social scientists and data analysts to explore the history of social networks.

From the Reformation and 17th century witch-hunting, through the American Revolution and to the nightmare visions of Orwell’s 1984, Ferguson explores the intersection of social media, technology and the spread of cultural movements.

Reviewing classic experiments and cutting-edge research, Ferguson demonstrates how human behavior, disruptive technology and profit can energize ideas and communication, ultimately changing the world.

All three parts of Niall Ferguson’s Networld are presented back to back beginning at 8pm on Tuesday March 17 on WITF.  This series is also available through our website and the PBS Video App.

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