In “Silicon Snake Oil”, Clifford Stoll, the best-selling author of “The Cuckoo’s Egg” and one of the pioneers of the Internet, turns hisattention to the much-heralded. Silicon snake oil: second thoughts on the information highway. Author: Clifford Stoll. Publication: · Book. Silicon View colleagues of Clifford Stoll. top of page. In Silicon Snake Oil, Clifford Stoll, the best-selling author of The Cuckoo’s Egg and one of the pioneers of the Internet, turns his attention to the.

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Cilfford this is no diatribe against technology, nor is it one more computer jock adding his voice to the already noisy chorus debating the uses of the networks. Oct 12, Katy rated it it was amazing. Life in the real world is far more interesting, far more important, far richer, than anything you’ll ever find on a computer screen.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. My library Help Advanced Book Search. They’re irrelevant to cooking, driving, visiting, negotiating, eating, hiking, dancing, speaking, and gossiping. Is electronic mail useful, or might it be cliffprd much electronic noise?

Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway

Yes, the Internet provides access to plenty ofservices, but useful information is virtually impossible to find and difficultto access. Proceed withcaution and keep an eye on the rear-view mirror”.

I had to read this for Introduction to Sociology. Lots of cynical rantings about technology and the internet in this book. Copyright by Scott London. This was the first book I ever read that made me think technology is not all this it is cracked up to be. Stoll looks at our network as it is, not as it’s promised to be. Stoll has also written Silicon Snake Oil: A web-dependent society is one disconnected from real human experiences.


Grounded in common sense, Silicon Snake Oil is a meditation full of passion but devoid of hysteria. I’m still rearranging my mental furniture.

Yes, the Internet provides access to plenty of services, but useful information is virtually impossible to find and difficult to access. Goodness, there’s a name out of the blue. But at the time I read it circa it was an interesting, thought-provoking piece, regardless of whether it was ultimately wrong. Expectations should be adjusted accordingly. I don’t remember much about it and would like to re-read it.

Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway by Clifford Stoll

You don’t need a computer to Goodreads helps you cliffofd track of books you want to read. I remember this being too preachy but I still finished it as I had enjoyed his previous book, The Cuckoo’s Egg. Althought a bit on a soapbox, Stoll excellently refutes some common ‘this must be correct’ thoughts about what improvements in computer technologies will do for us. I read Cliff’s book “The Cuckoo’s egg” about tracking down a hacker.

The first time I read it, I thought that Clifford had some good points. No trivia or quizzes yet. Stoll, a year veteran of the electronic information age, appears to have reached a stage of burnout that And, at the end of the journey, we’re all a bit wiser about what this thing called the information highway really was, is, could, and should be.

I’m a bit mixed on this book.

Jan 25, Timothy Bartholomew rated it really liked it. Common terms and phrases America Online Andy answer archive astronomer Brad Templeton bulletin boards bytes card catalog CD-ROM classroom color communications computer games computer jocks computer networks computerized connected cost Cuckoo’s Egg database digital cash disk dollars dozen e-mail electronic feel Fidonet friends ghostwriting gigabytes Guy Consolmagno happen high school hundred images interactive Internet John Brockman Jon Gradie Jupiter keyboard kids latest learning letter librarians look magazines messages Mike Godwin modem never newsgroups packets paper plenty problem Professor puter reply says screen server simple SIMTEL someone spend sure talk teach teacher telephone television tell there’s thing thousand tion Today today’s tool Unix Usenet users virtual watch what’s wonder word processor write.


Since then, I’ve continued to realize how IT represents a The author’s aim was to offer an anti-view against the emerging Web as it robs individuals of real and true- I’ve wanted to read this book about a wary view of the developing internet for a while.

On many claims or predictions where he was absolutist, he is laughably wrong now, and we can expect his track record to continue to worsen as time passes.

A few illustrative predictions are worth quoting. I read this not long after publication, and re-read it a year ago weeding through my books. This book shows its age, but I’m so happy I read it. The multi-media driven web it is now. I particularly e I was interested in this book because of its commentary on the internet from what is now 20 years in the past.

Stoll but I disagree with pretty much everything he said in this book. Written in – this is Stoll’s perspective that the internet is a time-wasting, soul-sucking device that removes a lot of the best parts of Life by tying the user to the keyboard. I don’t understand that mindset at all: