An avalanche of new forms of communication similarly challenged Europeans of the 17th and 18th centuries. “It was the equivalent of a phone call, inviting someone to tea or saying, ‘OMG, did you know about the Duke?
“In the 17th century, conversation exploded,” said Anaïs Saint-Jude, director of Stanford’s Biblio Tech program. '” said Dan Edelstein, an associate professor of French and the principal investigator for the project.
Though their prototypes had existed down through the centuries, they had mostly served government officials, and later (via the Medicis, for example) merchant and banking houses.
Suddenly they were carrying private correspondence. More people were writing, and more people could respond quickly, not only with friends and family, but across far-flung distances with people they had never met, and never would. According to Saint-Jude, it was an era, like ours, of “hyper-writing,” even addictive writing.
The aristocratic Madame de Sévigné wrote 1,120 letters to her married daughter in Brittany, beginning in the late 1670s, until her death in 1696.
Brasilia, Jun 29 (EFE).- Some 3,350 Web sites have been set up to promote sex tourism in Brazil, press reports said.
The top city for sex tourism is Rio de Janeiro, which will host the Summer Olympics next year, the O Globo newspaper reported, citing a study by consulting firm Axur.
“Unforgettable erotic vacations amid the beauty and enchantment of Rio de Janeiro, on the coast of one of the world’s most sexually festive countries,” an advertisement on a sex tourism Web site identified by Axur reads.The Justice Ministry has been targeting sex tourism and blocked 2,165 Web sites operating in different countries between 20, O Globo said.The number of Web sites in operation, however, exceeds those blocked by the ministry, the newspaper said.Brazil welcomed nearly 6 million foreign tourists in 2014, but officials do not know how many visitors were drawn to the South American country by Internet sex ads, the Tourism Ministry said.Brazil plans to launch international media campaigns ahead of the Rio Olympics to combat sexual exploitation, a strategy previously employed during the 2014 World Cup, the government told O Globo.If you feel overwhelmed by social media, you’re hardly the first.