The Emperor's Virtual Clothes: The Naked Truth About Internet Culture

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A skeptic by nature, a writer and teacher more at home with ballpoint pens than computer programs, Dinty W. Moore wanted to find out for himself if the much-touted Internet and the electronic culture it has spawned is really going to be the Next Big Thing, or whether it's the emperor's new clothes. This is not a how-to guide, a giddy net-head's online magical mystery tour, or a binaries-in-the-sky futurist treatise. Instead, this book tells it like it is about the Internet. Anyone who's asked, Who's there? What am I missing? and What is it all about? will find Moore's good-natured skepticism a welcome break from the explosion of wide-eyed techno-hype raging all around us. "Moore is far and away the best pure writer of the 'Wired School.' He's like the Stage Manager poking his head in around the set of 'Our Town.' Funny that it took the arrival of this commonsensical outsider to finally put a real human face on the digital world."--San Jose Mercury-News.

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Dinty W. Moore has worked as a documentary filmmaker, professional modern dancer, wire-service journalist, and college creative writing professor. He has published fiction and poetry in numerous national literary magazines and is the author of another book of nonfiction, The Emperor's Virtual Clothes: The Naked Truth About Internet Culture. He lives with his wife and daughter in State College, Pennsylvania.

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Moore (English, Pennsylvania State Univ.) here provides a tour of the Internet for those folks who've somehow managed to avoid buying into the hype of online fulfillment. Although he doesn't launch into an anti-net diatribe a la Clifford Stoll (Silicon Snake Oil, LJ 3/1/95), Moore mischievously lays bare some revered 'net features such as MUSHs (multi-user shared hallucination, a type of role-playing game), digital relationships, and e-mail, and, in a hilarious encounter, he poses as a female and attempts to have cybersex. Still, Moore-whose given name is indeed Dinty-has some good things to say about virtual communities; it's just that-aside from anonymity, convenience, and the sheer number of people who make up these communities-they're not a whole lot different than what's outside our front doors. This well-written, humorous primer should find a comfortable home in most public libraries.
Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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