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Clifford Stoll believes that too little attention has been given to the bogus claims and hidden costs of new information technologies. In this "free-form meditation" on the future of electronic networking, he offers what he considers a much-needed critical perspective on the "popular fictions" and "pernicious myths" about the on-line world. Among these are the notions that electronic networking will "oil the wheels of commerce"; that electronic voting and on-line public discourse will remedy the shortcomings of representative democracy; that interactive multimedia represents the educational medium of the future; that electronic communication will bring about a "literary revival"; that e-mail and networks are great places to meet people; that the Internet will foster a new culture of telecommuters; that electronic communication is virtually instantaneous; that there is a vast population on-line; and that new data storage techniques will make traditional libraries obsolete. Each of these ideas, Stoll writes, is based on either speculation or "a technocratic belief that computers and networks will make a better society. It is an over promoted, hollow world, devoid of warmth and human kindness.

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A cautionary tale about today's media darling, "Silicon Snake Oil" hassparked intense debate across the country about the merits--and foibles--ofwhat's been touted as the entranceway to our future.

There may beroadblocks up ahead". It comes at a propitious time; the on-lineworld has been hyped beyond recognition Few people have more impressivecredentials to trash the Internet than Stoll". A message for avid computer users from the author of The Cuckoo's Egg : Get a life. Stoll, a year veteran of the electronic information age, appears to have reached a stage of burnout that Clifford Stoll.

In "Silicon Snake Oil", Clifford Stoll, the best-selling author of "The Cuckoo's Egg" and one of the pioneers of the Internet, turns hisattention to the much-heralded information highway, revealing that it is notall it's cracked up to be.

Yes, the Internet provides access to plenty ofservices, but useful information is virtually impossible to find and difficultto access.

Is being on-line truly useful? They're irrelevant to cooking, driving, visiting, negotiating, eating, hiking, dancing, speaking, and gossiping. You don't need a computerto Computers can't, Stoll claims, provide aricher or better life.

He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Silicon Snake Oil

A cautionary tale about today's media darling, "Silicon Snake Oil" hassparked intense debate across the country about the merits--and foibles--ofwhat's been touted as the entranceway to our future. There may beroadblocks up ahead". It comes at a propitious time; the on-lineworld has been hyped beyond recognition Few people have more impressivecredentials to trash the Internet than Stoll". A message for avid computer users from the author of The Cuckoo's Egg : Get a life.

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Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway

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