Going Viral- the 19th century way
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) - 02/16/2014
The idea of photos, messages and text going viral is a very modern one indeed. Or is it? Northeastern University’s Ryan Cordell has been digging around in old American newspapers and he reckons the 1800s were alive with viral media.
He talks about his research effort, called the Infectious Texts Project, how you track viral media from the past, and what it all means for the future of communication.