Virtual Unreality

Virtual Unreality

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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 controla€”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 toolsa€”or weaponsa€”for discerning truth from fiction online.Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know Ita#39;s True? ... In other words, part of the goal of the game is to clickclickclick the mouse until youa#39;ve earned enough that you dona#39;t have to click the mouse as much. ... Players seem more than willing to capitalize on their reallife (or quasireallife) relationships to get friends and family to till their virtual farms. ... a billion dollars a year from online gaminga€”about a quarter of it from FarmVille and the rest from similar games in its portfolio.

Title:Virtual Unreality
Author:Charles Seife
Publisher:Penguin - 2014-06-26


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