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Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Mediaby Anne P. Mintz
Synopses & Reviews
For all its amazing benefits, the worldwide social media phenomenon—epitomized by such sites as Facebook, Myspace, eBay, Twitter, and craigslist—has provided manipulative people and organizations with the tools (and human targets) that allow hoaxes and con games to be perpetrated on a vast scale.
In this eye-opening follow-up to her popular 2002 book, Web of Deception, Anne P. Mintz brings together a team of expert researchers, journalists, and subject experts to explain how misinformation is intentionally spread and to illuminate the dangers in a range of critical areas.
Web of Deceit is a must-read for any internet user who wants to avoid being victimized by liars, thieves, and propagandists in the age of ubiquitous social media.
Book News Annotation:
This collection of seven essays on truth in the information age presents a discussion of mis- and disinformation in an era of social media and information overload. Topics discussed include social media and intentional misinformation, privacy and identity protection, racism and hate-speech, e-commerce and fraud, information warfare and cyber-security, political misinformation, and charity scams. The volume also includes information on website evaluation techniques and a glossary of technologies and terms. Contributors are journalists and library scientists from the US. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Skilled researchers, journalists, and subject experts have come together in this follow-up to Web of Deception to reveal important lessons for staying safe and retaining privacy online. In the wake of the social media popularity boom—epitomized by MySpace, eBay, and Craigslist and accelerating with Facebook and Twitter—the success of internet con artists and thieves has been quick to follow. Manipulators have been provided with the tools and targets to perpetrate hoaxes and con games on an ever larger scale. An invaluable guide to safe internet usage, this resource explains the importance of guarding privacy and identity online, spotting misinformation, avoiding charity scams, and evaluating websites.
Intentionally misleading or erroneous information on the Web can wreak havoc on your health, privacy, investments, business decisions, online purchases, legal affairs, and more. Until now, the breadth and significance of this growing problem for Internet users have yet to be fully explored. In Web of Deception, Anne P. Mintz (director of knowledge management at Forbes Inc.) brings together 10 information industry gurus to illuminate the issues and help you recognize and deal with the flood of deception and misinformation within a range of subject areas. A must-read for anyone who needs to evaluate online information sources and avoid Web traps.
About the Author
Anne P. Mintz formerly worked for several decades as director of information centers in the fields of media and investment banking. She is the author of Web of Deception. She lives in New York City.
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