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The first thing to note is this is a book that really shows it age.
Published in it was when the Internet was moving from a cosy academic network used by scientists to the first commercial ISPs and early influx of AOLers. This when the World Wide Web was still know by the browser Mosaic. The books central thesis is one of scepticism of the promises that the advocates of the so called Information Superhighway where making.
Stoll deals with the issues of information overload, signal to noise on Usenet and whether this technology will really turn people into infonauts or just passive consumers of the fire hose of information coming from another glowing box on our desks.
Time and again he worries we will turn into one dimensional beings denied the "authentic" experiences of actually seeing, touching, smelling and interacting with things in the real world.
Predicting the future is always a tricky business. However at the time he wrote this book he was clearly having a crisis of faith in what the futurists where promising.
A few illustrative predictions are worth quoting.
When discussing shopping he asserts "no electronic shopping can compare with the variety, quality, and experimental richness of a visit to even the most mundane malls". This is before Amazon gave the bricks and mortar book shops a serious run for their money.
He talks of the frustration of searching for information by keywords in titles of documents through various gopher services. This is before the all powerful Google "solved" the problem of search by using links to information to rank the usefulness of a page.
One thing that becomes clear is many of the obstacles he mentions has either been solved or is in the process of improving. Humans have proved remarkably ingenious at solving seemingly insurmountable problems. There are some areas he flags for concern that may still be relevant today.
He wonders if the instant response of email is affecting our ability to write properly. If social interactions on the screen can ever replace physically meeting people. However if your looking for a clear treatise on the potential downsides of the information world I suggest looking for a more recent book on the subject.Click to read more about Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway by Clifford Stoll.
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