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The Emperor's Virtual Clothes: The Naked Truth about Internet Culture / Edition 1
     

The Emperor's Virtual Clothes: The Naked Truth about Internet Culture / Edition 1

by Dinty W. Moore, Moore
 

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ISBN-10: 1565120965

ISBN-13: 9781565120969

Pub. Date: 01/09/1995

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill


A skeptic by nature, a writer and teacher more at home with ballpoint pens than computer programs, Dinty W. Moore wanted to find out for himself if the much-touted Internet and the electronic culture it has spawned is really going to be the Next Big Thing, or whether it's the emperor's new clothes. This is not a how-to guide, a giddy net-head's online magical

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A skeptic by nature, a writer and teacher more at home with ballpoint pens than computer programs, Dinty W. Moore wanted to find out for himself if the much-touted Internet and the electronic culture it has spawned is really going to be the Next Big Thing, or whether it's the emperor's new clothes. This is not a how-to guide, a giddy net-head's online magical mystery tour, or a binaries-in-the-sky futurist treatise. Instead, this book tells it like it is about the Internet. Anyone who's asked, Who's there? What am I missing? and What is it all about? will find Moore's good-natured skepticism a welcome break from the explosion of wide-eyed techno-hype raging all around us. "Moore is far and away the best pure writer of the 'Wired School.' He's like the Stage Manager poking his head in around the set of 'Our Town.' Funny that it took the arrival of this commonsensical outsider to finally put a real human face on the digital world."--San Jose Mercury-News.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565120969
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
01/09/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 7.22(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Into the Electronic Woodsxi
1 How Do We Get On?1
2 In Search of Useful Uses11
3 Public Relationships27
4 My Brain Turns to Mush47
5 Digital Hugs63
6 Hanging Over the Electronic Fence81
7 The Zippo Chapter97
8 Spam, Spam, Spam, and Spam105
9 Why We Pay Our Civil Servants So Much Money119
10 The Incredible Shrinking Globe135
11 The Night Thoreau Had Cybersex149
12 Big Brother and the Bad Boys173
13 And If Your Heat Has Somehow Not Yet Exploded, Let Me Briefly
Discuss the Future187
14 Back to Nature197
Appendix An Internet Jargon Handbook205

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