Virtual Unreality

Virtual Unreality

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

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2014
ISBN: 9780670026081
Branch Call Number: ANF 025.04 SEI
Characteristics: vi, 248 pages ; 22 cm


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May 01, 2017

I recommend everyone reading it to avoid all sorts of Internet traps.

Nov 22, 2014

Informative and entertaining.

Oct 23, 2014

A good resource that explains why we have to be careful what we accept as truth from the worldwide web. Gave me the occasional chuckle.

ChristchurchLib Sep 03, 2014

The Internet disseminates facts, opinions, and outright fraud, and its questionable reliability has become a significant concern in public discourse. In Virtual Unreality, journalism professor Charles Seife describes in detail how information on the Internet can be falsified, manipulated, and perpetuated. Providing concrete examples of Internet fakery, Seife serves as an engaging and witty guide through the wilderness of digital information, both reliable and fraudulent. Virtual Unreality doesn't suggest that people avoid using the Internet for research, but does provide techniques for identifying the useful and verifiable sites and services - how to find the wheat amid all that chaff. History and Current Events newsletter September 2014.

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