A history of the influencer, from Shakespeare to Instagram
On one level, “influencer” is an anodyne, commercial label, describing someone who monetizes an online following by endorsing products or services — a celebrity spokesperson for the social-media age. And yet “influencer” also sounds slightly sinister; the Influencer could be a Batman villain, alongside the Joker.
This Is the emotional quality that the world's greatest leaders all share
Great leaders never know for sure if their plans will work, but they plunge ahead anyway. That’s why we recognize sheer audacity, well intended, even if the results aren’t known and even if the plans aren’t universally applauded.
Was Leonardo the supreme genius, or just our kind of guy?
“How many specialists would we need today to attempt Leonardo’s researches?” asks Martin Kemp, emeritus professor of the history of art at Oxford University. “At least 13. Maybe more.”