Past exhibition: Networking Before the Net

Sharing Information in the Pre-Digital Age
From 01/29/2014 to 06/16/2014

Explore the ways that people—historic and contemporary—have connected to each other and the world they live in through the Rosenbach’s new exhibition, Networking Before the Net. Forms of social media have existed for centuries. Before there were blogs, there were political pamphlets and coffeehouse debate. The precursors to networking sites like LinkedIn? Letters of introduction. Before anyone ever heard of posting on Facebook, friends saved and shared their “likes” in letters and commonplace books. While modern technology has revolutionized the ease and speed with which humans can connect, collect, and create, behavior that may seem novel today may just be new expressions of ongoing human interests. Networking Before the Net offers a playful look at such social media, then and now.