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Author Seife, Charles.

Title Virtual unreality : just because the Internet told you, how do you know it's true? / Charles Seife.

Publication Info. New York : Viking, c2014.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Eureka Non-Fiction  025.04 Sei    ---  Available
Description vi, 248 pages ; 22 cm.
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Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Subject Computer network resources -- Evaluation.
Internet -- Safety measures.
Internet fraud -- Prevention.
Internet literacy.
Electronic information resource literacy.
COMPUTERS / Internet / General.
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General.
MATHEMATICS / Probability & Statistics / General.
ISBN 9780670026081

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