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

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Algonquin Books, 1995 - Social Science - 219 pages
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The Emperor's Virtual Clothes offers a funny, cranky, no-nonsense tour of the Internet world for those people who aren't sure they want an E-mail address, and aren't certain what good it will do them. From "flame wars" to "spamming", from "cybersex" to hackers and terrorists, author Dinty Moore (someone more at home with ballpoint pens than computer keyboards) explains how he learned to stop worrying and love the electronic culture. As Moore makes his whimsical way through the twists and turns of the Internet, the Web, and other nooks and crannies of the wired world, he discovers an unlikely spiritual guide: the quintessential American crank, Henry David Thoreau. Inspired by Thoreau's distrust of the newfangled, Moore sets out to simplify, simplify, simplify - to boil down all the technology and innovation until it makes sense. If you're intimidated by the jargon and whizbang gadgetry of the Internet, he helps you see that much of what goes on there is more silly than threatening. If you are interested and excited by the prospect of being "wired", you'll find his commonsense questions both entertaining and provocative.

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THE EMPEROR'S VIRTUAL CLOTHES: The Naked Truth About Internet Culture

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For those who have had enough of the Information Superhighway metaphor, Moore (English/Penn State Univ.) introduces a new conceit: the electronic lace doily. Homespun and honed puns are indeed the ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

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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