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Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It’s True?

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    Charles Seife(Author)

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The bestselling author of Proofiness and Zero explains how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world
Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads unbelievably rapidly, infects all corners of society, and is all but impossible to control—even when that information is actually a lie. In Virtual Unreality, Charles Seife uses the skepticism, wit, and sharp facility for analysis that captivated readers in Proofiness and Zero to take us deep into the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery, fakery, and cyber skullduggery that the online world enables.
Taking on everything from breaking news coverage and online dating to program trading and that eccentric and unreliable source that is Wikipedia, Seife arms his readers with actual tools—or weapons—for discerning truth from fiction online.

Praise for Virtual Unreality  Charles Seife is the author of five previous books, including Proofiness and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction and was a New York Times notable book. He has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, and The Economist. He is a professor of journalism at New York University and lives in New York City.  

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Book details

  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Charles Seife(Author)
  • Viking (June 26, 2014)
  • English
  • 5
  • Science & Math

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  • By NF on July 3, 2014

    Charles Seife has written a thought-provoking book about information in the digital age, and it's a book that should scare you as well as educate you. Seife does more than just talk about Internet hoaxes and misinformation; he also discusses the history of past generations of hoaxes and scams, and how the Internet has dramatically altered the playing field. The book is extensively footnoted, as well, showing where his information comes from. With the Kindle edition, this was a bit of a problem, as I occasionally clicked a link when I was simply trying to turn the page.Topics in the book include such things as:- Stock manipulation- Spam and the various money-making schemes that would have been impossible prior to the Digital Age- Wikipedia and the dangers of relying on it.- Plagiarism- How the Digital Age has changed, and is continuing to change, the way that news is gathered and disseminated.- Fake identities, fake profiles, and sock puppets.- How search engines have changed not just the way that information is shared but also how it is created.- Digital manipulation.- Social mediaAnd the "Top Ten Dicta of the Internet Skeptic," including such gems as "A social media site's purpose is to serve its users -- in the same sense as a zoo's purpose is to serve its animals."The book can be dry at times and some of this information is pretty widely known. But I'm a pretty well-informed technical guy who makes a living in the online world and some of the information here was eye-opening, not just the details but the history and theory behind it. Seife also provides some practical advice on how you can protect yourself, at least to a certain extent. The listed length of the book is a bit misleading, by the way, since 30% of the book consists of links, footnotes, and an extensive index.

  • By D. Conley on October 27, 2014

    incredible read! really enjoy this book. captivated three of us within the first chapter. I am not surprised at how often lies come about on the internet, what I am fully shocked by is the magnitude of some of the biggies.Great read! Engaging. Fully encourage this book.

  • By Susan J Rehorek on December 26, 2014

    Greatly enjoyed that book. Everyone should read it!

  • By angela mccormock on July 8, 2014

    This book was a very enlightening. In some ways a sad reflection on our society, but also provides an insightful look into how we can be "engineered" into paying for skinnerian rewards. Hard to believe we can be duped to climb the proverbial blade of grass.

  • By Dean on August 5, 2014

    I both enjoyed this book and learned from it. A good book.

  • By argus on July 14, 2014

    well written, timely - and certainly well worth carving out time even from other activities... this oeuvre, too, must join just as soon as overseas travel (be it business or leisure) features in your plans... some might gleefully discover that entries, now in print, serve as supporting documentation of just how gullible our man-on-main-street actually is... A sad lot, indeed. As ever, seeing is believing... Seife did, without a doubt, do a debridement much needed for generalised cleansing of the shallow minded among the well-informed. My opinion here is offered without forethought of malice, as ever. ..

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