Computer expert Stoll presents a backlash account of the Internet, questioning whether its potential influence is as far-reaching and positive as supporters claim.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Stoll, a Berkeley astronomer who chronicled how he broke a computer spy ring in The Cuckoo's Egg (LJ 9/15/89) and who has been netsurfing for 15 years, does an apparent about-face here, warning that the technophiles are trying to sell us a bill of goods on the promise of the Internet?one on which it can't deliver and that, ultimately, both ignores the cost of forsaking human interaction and actual financial costs. His is a lone voice countering the mass of media hype that has been touting the national information superhighway and the rush of individuals and businesses to get connected. In chapters dealing with everything from education to E-mail (Stoll reports he lost less mail via the U.S. Postal Service) to the "virtual" library, he details the limitations of the networks. Though he is occasionally not quite up to the minute on some library implementations, his message nevertheless should be read as a caution to every librarian rushing down the information highway. [For an interview with Stoll and an excerpt from his book, see p. 100.]?Francine Fialkoff, "Library Journal.
-?Francine Fialkoff, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book contains a veritable catalogue of every fallacy known to the art and science of logic. As a treatise meant to persuade the reader, its reasoning and language is nothing... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Auliya
Stoll wrote one of the best spy books of the information age before anyone knew that it could even happen. This follow up is very interesting reading, and I agree with most of it. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2001 by Eric G Ensminger
Being absolutely fascinated by the author's book "Cuckoo's Egg", I was extremely disappointed by this book. Read morePublished on March 21 2001 by Ralph Janke
Stoll's book is showing the effect of time. While much of the info may have been cutting edge when written, it has now been surpassed by events. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2001 by T. Stone
Cliff Stoll writes in such an engaging folksy style that you want to spend the evening with him at a cozy neighborhood restaurant. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2001 by bub hub
Clifford is certainly in a good position to debunk the hype of the Internet, and I looked foward to reading this book. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2000 by "mjpatto"
Stoll, once an enthusiastic internet pioneer who helped construct the information highway, has published a warning to those following in his footsteps. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2000 by David E Werner
Clifford Stoll is surely right in all of his discussions about the internet and computers and computer usage. Read morePublished on July 14 2000 by Maurice S. Cahn