Turning Points: Rise of Social Media, The

Turning Points: The Rise of Social Media

Jim Whiting (Author)

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A historical account of the social media boom, including the technological advancements that enabled widespread Internet use, the people involved, how companies such as Facebook and Twitter capitalized on it, and the lingering aftermath.

Part of the Turning Points series


The weighty topics presented in this series are tied together by the idea that the advances, achievements, and ideas explored represent significant turning points in history. The accounts look at events leading up to these moments, the people involved, the intricacies of the issues, as well as the impact, aftermath, and continued challenges. Densely packed and filled with names, dates, places, and brief overviews of very large issues and ideas, these volumes are almost too much to digest for anyone other than the serious researcher. Sidebars look at specific events and ideas (America’s deadliest hurricane, Saddam Hussein’s rise to power, and Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian refugees). Full-color photographs at times enhance the text but at other times feel like filler. The standout title is the timely and comprehensive look at the refugee crisis. A supplemental choice for larger nonfiction collections.

–Amanda MacGregor, School Library Journal , 11/1/2019