Friendbooks & Social Captial In The Time Of Printing Presses

Friendbooks & Social Captial In The Time Of Printing Presses

Adorning books with social capital enhancing autographs may have been a modernistic precursor to trends much more palpably active in social media.

Stephen Fortune
  • 30 march 2011

The temptation to seek historical counterparts for modern day phenomena is irresistible, perhaps because it caters to our desire for universality as far as human interactions are concerned.

It’s perhaps forgivable that the billing for a display of 16th & 17th Century Dutch “friend books”  has invited comparisons to Facebook. Others have pointed to yearbooks as a more realistic homologue. However the yearbook comparison doesn’t really do the books justice.

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