Episode 35: The Follower

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

‘I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?’ (Benjamin Disraeli).

While Batman has Robin and Bonnie has Clyde, we have our very own Pied Piper of history, otherwise known as Professor James Daybell , and our very Lord of the land Dr Sam Willis. Join them as they tramp their way through time to whisk us away and explore the unexpected history of ‘the Follower’.

Hold onto your seats, and join the procession as we crocodile our way to unpack the ever-changing nature of the follower. From The Lord of the Files to the mutiny of Batavia, the shipwreck of the Titanic to bastard feudalism and from Francis Bacon to the joys of Twitter we follow the lead of our intrepid hosts as we learn all about the mysteries of followers and following.

James and Sam will lead us down the rabbit role of the past to reveal that this unexpected history is actually all about: ancestors, politics, authority and rebellion, religion, the army, modern-day tourism and power and status.

Listen out as Sam reveals his philosophy of twitter followers, while James exposes his dislike for tours (some of the them anyway).

‘Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower’ (Steve Jobs)

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