The Emperor's Virtual Clothes by Dinty W. Moore
The Naked Truth About Internet Culture

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A skeptic by nature, a writer and teacher more at home with ballpoint pens than computer programs, Dinty W. Moore wanted to find out for himself if the much-touted Internet and the electronic culture it has spawned is really going to be the Next Big Thing, or whether it's the emperor's new clothes. This is not a how-to guide, a giddy net-head's online magical mystery tour, or a binaries-in-the-sky futurist treatise. Instead, this book tells it like it is about the Internet. Anyone who's asked, Who's there? What am I missing? and What is it all about? will find Moore's good-natured skepticism a welcome break from the explosion of wide-eyed techno-hype raging all around us. "Moore is far and away the best pure writer of the 'Wired School.' He's like the Stage Manager poking his head in around the set of 'Our Town.' Funny that it took the arrival of this commonsensical outsider to finally put a real human face on the digital world."--San Jose Mercury-News.

 

About Dinty W. Moore

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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 literary magazines and was awarded a 1992 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing. He is the author of one book of nonfiction, The Emperor's Virtual Clothes: The Naked Truth About Internet Culture. He lives with his wife and daughter in State College, Pennsylvannia.
 
Published January 9, 1995 by Algonquin Books. 280 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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The downside to Moore's work, however, is that when he actually does need to explain Internet machinations, he either writes beneath us (``Katie and many others on the Net don't capitalize the first letter of sentences, which makes the typing simpler'') or fudges on the technology, as in a sectio...

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In this skeptical look at the Internet, Moore, who teaches English at Penn State, attempts to cut through the jargonish flackery surrounding the Net to determine its basic virtues and drawbacks.

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