Synopses & Reviews
For all its amazing benefits, the worldwide social media phenomenonepitomized by such sites as Facebook, Myspace, eBay, Twitter, and craigslisthas 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.
"Anne Mintz has once again assembled some savvy writers who have a lot to teach us about being safe on the web. The dangers of social media command our attention now more than ever, and this book is a must-read for anyone who socializes, shops, or interacts online. In other words, all of us!" Ari L. Goldman, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
"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
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.
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 boomepitomized by MySpace, eBay, and Craigslist and accelerating with Facebook and Twitterthe 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.
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.