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InfoWar in Cyberspace: Researcher on the Net Paperback – August 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Bruce Gold; 2nd edition (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929072929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929072927
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,869,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter on November 24, 2001
This is a book for students, Internet activists and people who are serious about finding out what is going on.
This book is about the Internet and the struggle to control it. It's a book about ideas, about propaganda and about agendas of power. It explores the current intellectual and political struggles in Cyberspace. The book presents the powerful concepts that underlie and inform the whole process of research. It equips the researcher with intellectual tools and an understanding of how the research process works. It gives the reader the background necessary for doing research in the contentious and contested waters of the Internet. This book exists because the author got tired seeing well-intentioned people misled by clever manipulators masquerading as scholars and social scientists. It is intended as a primer for activists using the Net and for people who are serious about information gathering.
This is necessary because the Internet is something new in the history of the world. A vast electronic commons where more people than ever before have a voice. It's also our only uncontrolled mass media. This is significant because, historically, control of information, control of discourse and control of perception have been the keys to power. However, lack of elite control cuts both ways - information is "free," but people must sort it out for themselves. This is the challenge that goes with an open marketplace for ideas and information - people must develop the ability to cut through the rhetoric and make reasoned judgements.
The plan for the book is simple. First, it rejects the "cook book" approach of "follow the steps" procedures. This approach can be useful, but often the steps don't fit the problem.
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