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Virtual unreality : just because the Internet told you, how do you know it's true?

Author: Charles Seife
Publisher: New York : Viking, 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Seife
ISBN: 9780670026081 0670026085
OCLC Number: 871534390
Description: vi, 240 pages ; 22 cm
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.
Responsibility: Charles Seife.

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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"--

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