Silicon Snake Oil (Paperback)
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Short Description for Silicon Snake Oil This text deals with the myths and realities of the Internet, looking at the darker side of the information superhighway and attempting to reveal its hidden hazards. It examines issues of data transfer, discussion group activity, and business and commercial transactions.
- Published: 05 April 1996
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN 13: 9780330346771 ISBN 10: 0330346776
Full description for Silicon Snake Oil
In his previous work, "The Cuckoo's Egg", the author related the new text deals with the myths and realities of the Internet, looking at the darker side of the information superhighway and attempting to reveal its hidden hazards. It illustrates how electronic data transfer can be slow, less reliable, and more expensive than communication by phone, fax, and even the postal service. The work argues that discussion groups, lauded for providing access to information and diverse opinons, are in fact hotbeds of rumour, where conversations about issues frequently degenerate into the rude, offensive and tasteless, and where technical questions often elicit inaccurate answers. The text also suggests that business transactions on the Internet are, at best, perfunctory and, at worst, dangerous.