Cover of: Silicon snake oil | Clifford Stoll

Silicon snake oil

second thoughts on the information highway

1st ed.

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Published by Doubleday in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Perhaps our networked world isn't a universal doorway to freedom. Might it be a distraction from reality? An ostrich hole to divert our attention and resources from social problems? A misuse of technology that encourages passive rather than active participation? I'm starting to ask questions like this, and I'm not the first. - Preface.

Table of Contents

A speleological introduction to the author's ambivalence
An amalgam of popular fictions about the Internet, including brief trips to China and the city of no illusions
Further explorations into the culture of computing, leading to questions about the isolation of networks, the nature of tools, the utility of sewers, and the author's continuing ambivalence; with a sidetrack into a four-wheeled discussion of maintaining the national infrastructure
In which the author contemplates the computer's universal ability to generate frustration
A short chapter about the short lives of digital things
Comparing the digital tools of computing, such as image manipulation, with the physical tools we're leaving behind : this chapter is heavily biased by the author's astronomical bent
Much business, some computing, precious little astronomy
Comparing the Usenet to CB radio, without any astronomy
On classrooms, with and without computers; some basic astrophysics for the intrepid
An inquiry into mail, an experiment with the Post Office, and a comment on cryptography
Wherein the author considers the future of the library, the myth of free information, and a novel way to heat bathwater
Where the author considers bulletin boards, user groups, and reexamines his modem settings
An embarrassing and self-referential addendum to chapter 12, included because the author's sister said she'd beat him up if he didn't
A conclusion, which does not mention axolotls
Appendix : Not quite a bibliography

Edition Notes

Includes index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
QA76.9.C66 S88 1995

The Physical Object

247 p.
Number of pages
24 x x inches

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