The "fake news" avalanche of our time may have surprised a lot of people. But not the people who understand networks and how they work.
Niall Ferguson is both historian and journalist, and he thinks the people who build networks--particularly today's social media networks--could stand to understand history a little better.
Ferguson gives the lesson himself in his latest book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook. He points out how networks have repeatedly posed challenges to established hierarchies throughout history.
Niall Ferguson visits with a short primer.