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The emperor's virtual clothes : the naked truth about Internet culture

Author: Dinty W Moore
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The Emperor's Virtual Clothes offers a funny, cranky, no-nonsense tour of the Internet world for those people who aren't sure they want an E-mail address, and aren't certain what good it will do them. From "flame wars" to "spamming," from "cybersex" to hackers and terrorists, author Dinty Moore (someone more at home with ballpoint pens than computer keyboards) explains how he learned to stop worrying and love the
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Moore, Dinty W., 1955-
Emperor's virtual clothes.
Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books, 1995
(OCoLC)654285852
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dinty W Moore
ISBN: 1565120965 9781565120969
OCLC Number: 32697646
Description: xvii, 219 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: How do we get on? --
In search of useful uses --
Public relationships --
My brain turns to mush --
Digital hugs --
Hanging over the electronic fence --
The zippo chapter --
Spam, spam, spam, and spam --
Why we pay our civil servants so much money --
The incredible shrinking globe --
The night Thoreau had cybersex --
Big brother and the bad boys --
And if your head has somehow not yet exploded, let me briefly discuss the future --
Back to nature --
Appendix : an Internet jargon handbook.
Responsibility: by Dinty W. Moore.
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The Emperor's Virtual Clothes offers a funny, cranky, no-nonsense tour of the Internet world for those people who aren't sure they want an E-mail address, and aren't certain what good it will do them. From "flame wars" to "spamming," from "cybersex" to hackers and terrorists, author Dinty Moore (someone more at home with ballpoint pens than computer keyboards) explains how he learned to stop worrying and love the electronic culture. As Moore makes his whimsical way through the twists and turns of the Internet, the Web, and other nooks and crannies of the wired world, he discovers an unlikely spiritual guide: the quintessential American crank, Henry David Thoreau. Inspired by Thoreau's distrust of the newfangled, Moore sets out to simplify, simplify, simplify - to boil down all the technology and innovation until it makes sense.

If you're intimidated by the jargon and whizbang gadgetry of the Internet, he helps you see that much of what goes on there is more silly than threatening. If you are interested and excited by the prospect of being "wired," you'll find his commonsense questions both entertaining and provocative.

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