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Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media Paperback – February 1, 2012
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"Anne Mintz and her contributors approach intentional misinformation thoughtfully, knowledgeably, and with a refreshing lack of hysteria. The book sparkles with insight, expertise, wit, and dramaticif appallingexamples of deception on the Net." Reva Basch, executive editor, Super Searchers book series, on Web of Deception
"[N]ot merely essential for our cyber age, but quintessential." Christopher Buckley, author, Thank You For Smoking, on Web of Deception
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In previous years, classic scams such as the Nigerian 419 scam were restrained by the costs and logistics of fax and hard copy distribution. Even using bulk mail, the cost of sending out a million letters was enormous. Today, tens of millions of emails can be quickly, inexpensively and anonymously distributed.
In Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media, editor Anne Mintz is one of 10 contributors to this book that analyzes why the information superhighway is also a highway of lies, deceit, manipulation, scams and similar nefarious things.
One of the problems of books written by numerous contributors is that the writers often step on each other and create redundant content, often moving away from the theme of the book. Mintz did an excellent job ensuring that all of the chapters are on different topics without any overlap, and all the authors stay on theme.
In chapter 2 on guarding Your Privacy and Identity, Cynthia Hetherington suggests the following exercise to better understand how scammers and marketers find victims. For 3 days, keep a journal of all the times you share your name, address, phone number, credit card number, use a grocery store coupon, answer unsolicited mail, reply to telemarketing calls and the like. After 3 days, you will understand how much personal information is indiscriminately given out.
Hetherington also provides information on to monitor the flow of your personal data and lists numerous agencies and their URL's on how to opt-out.Read more ›