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Starting with a useful breakdown of the variety of Internet experiences (chat spaces, newsgroups, home pages, auction sites), Wallace moves on to examine the many ways these settings can influence the ways we act and feel. Such hot-button topics as flame wars, online gender-bending, cyberporn, and Internet "addiction" (as well as subtler matters like online impression formation and group dynamics) here get a levelheaded look, anchored in studies not only of the phenomena themselves but of human behavior in general. Wallace writes in a brisk, simple style--employing an easy blend of anecdote and science--and the conclusion that gradually emerges is just as straightforward: Contrary to popular mythology, people online aren't any more or less twisted than people offline. They just twist a little differently, is all. --Julian Dibbell
This text is more in the genre of sociology than of internet specificity. Although there are considerable implications, Ms Wallace does not make a real connection between the... Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by Geoffrey K. Phillips
I had to write an essay on aggression and the Internet, and picked up this book for research. I ended up reading a lot more than just one chapter! Read morePublished on January 23, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Wallace knows what she's talking about, and she puts it in very readable prose. I particularly like what she says about disinhibition on the 'Net.Published on October 11, 2004 by Benjamin J. Reynolds
This exploration of the psychological aspects of cyberspace uses the latest research in the social sciences, communications and business fields to consider how the online... Read morePublished on March 3, 2000 by Midwest Book Review