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Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway Paperback – Mar 1 1996

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1 edition (March 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385419945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385419949
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #976,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

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.

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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.

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