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Virtual Unreality

Just Because The Internet Told You, How Do You Know It's True?

By Charles Seife

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.

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Book

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Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9780670026081


Format: Book
Author: Seife, Charles
Summary: Seife takes "us deep into the Internet information jungle and [cuts] 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Virtual unreality : just because the Internet told you, how do you know it's true? / Charles Seife.
Publisher Date: New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
Subject: Computer network resources -- Evaluation. Internet -- Safety measures. Internet fraud -- Prevention. Internet literacy. Electronic information resource literacy.
Isbn: 9780670026081 (hbk.) 0670026085 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: 025.04 Sei
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Bib Id: 530412

Format: Book
Author: Seife, Charles, author.
Summary: Seife takes "us deep into the Internet information jungle and [cuts] 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Virtual unreality : just because the Internet told you, how do you know it's true? / Charles Seife.
Publisher, Date: New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
Description: vi, 248 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Computer network resources -- Evaluation.
Subjects: Internet -- Safety measures.
Subjects: Internet fraud -- Prevention.
Subjects: Internet literacy.
Subjects: Electronic information resource literacy.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-239) and index.
Contents: Catching the stupid bug -- Appeal to authority -- An army of one -- Telling fake people from real -- The loneliness of the interconnected -- Copy, right? -- Scarcity -- All hat, no cattle -- White noise and the Red Queen -- Artificial unintelligence -- Make money fast -- Companies : private, public, and shady -- This is your brain -- Living in the raw.
LCCN: 2013047849
ISBN: 9780670026081 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0670026085 (hbk.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: 025.04 Sei