War Of The Worlds: Cyberspace And The High-tech Assault On Reality

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Warning: A technological revolution is unfolding that promises, in the words of its creators, to redefine what it means to be human. Face-to-face communication ( F2F” to those in the know) is quickly becoming obsolete; already we turn to computers for information, entertainment, companionship even love. Science fiction? Hardly. This is the brave new vision of the digital avant-garde, computer crusaders leading a high-tech assault on what was once known as reality. Sophisticated, well-funded, unabashedly messianic, they have the power, the technological know-how, and the marketplace savvy to make good on many of their wildest prophecies. With War of the Worlds, Mark Slouka gives us a funny, but eerily disturbing, humanist's look at the culture of cyberspace.

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Mark Slouka is Neil Postman's kindred spirit. These essays offer a critique of how cyberspace effects and changes the rest of reality. With an acerbic tongue, Slouka examines what he considers to be the dark side of the net. Slouka can get quite melodramatic, as when he compares Wired editor Kevin Kelly to Nazi propaganda filmmaker Leni Rienfenstahl. War of the Worlds is well worth reading, though, because it's important to critically review the critics, especially those who argue their point this well.

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Following in the tradition of Neil Postman's scathingly incisive critique of the social and politcal influences of television in Amusing Ourselves to Death, War of the Worlds effectively catalogs and examines the ways in which cyberspace currently and potentially redefines what it means to be human.

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