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: ยท 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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It is an over promoted, hollow world, devoid of warmth and human kindness. The first time I read it, I thought that Clifford had some good points.

When he talks about what computers can do, he’s normally wrong, e. Some of his predictions – such as the one detailing eCommerce as a non-viable commercial entity – are not only laughable but also downright emb 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.

Jun 18, Brian rated it liked it.

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Writing a physical letter implies a real commitment and desire to communicate with someone. But Xlifford believe time has proven him somewhat wrong in this book.

Yet 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. I’m a bit mixed on this book. He’s definitely off on snaoe majority of his predictions on where the internet and the web built on top is going.


Silicon Snake Oil

On many claims or pr I read this not long after publication, and re-read it a year ago weeding through my books. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Although the internet took a different path than predicted in Silicon Snake Oil, it does provide a good description of surfing the World Wide Web when Mosaic web browser was the only web browser, Gopher protocol was used to find documents and the Bulletin board kil required users to call another computer’s modem.

Yes, the Internet provides access to plenty of services, but useful information is virtually impossible to find and difficult to access.

In that I mean this was written pre-explosion of the WWW. He saves most of his reservations for the trend at the time to computerise education and worries the educational siljcon of computers and ‘net access are being oversold. And then, in this book, Stoll goes from being a funky grad student with a problem to solve to a cranky old man, insisting that the kids stay off his yard.

It’s remarkable how well the criticisms in this book hold up. Jan 25, Timothy Bartholomew rated it really liked it. I had to read this for Introduction to Sociology. Among these are the notions that electronic networking will “oil the wheels of commerce”; that electronic voting and on-line public discourse will remedy the oi of representative democracy; that interactive multimedia represents the educational medium of the future; snzke electronic communication will bring about a “literary revival”; that e-mail and networks are great places to meet people; that the Internet will foster a new culture of telecommuters; that electronic communication is virtually instantaneous; that there is a vast population on-line; and that new data storage techniques will make sbake libraries obsolete.


Stoll has also written Silicon Snake Stolk Disappointing follow up to The Cuckoo’s Egg. You don’t need a computer to Return to Book Page.

IDK if I’ve ever given such a low rating before, but this was painful. The first thing to note is this is a book that really shows it age.

Silicon Snake Oil by Clifford Stoll :: A Book Review by Scott London

Each of these ideas, Stoll writes, is based on either speculation or “a technocratic belief that computers xilicon networks will make a better society. Published in it was when the Internet was moving from a cosy academic network used by scientists to the first commercial ISPs and early influx of AOLers.

Thanks for telling us about the problem.

They’re irrelevant to cooking, driving, visiting, negotiating, eating, hiking, dancing, speaking, and gossiping. Mar 06, Carlos Scheidegger rated it liked it.

Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway

I don’t remember much about it and would like to re-read it. Since then, I’ve continued to realize how IT represents a double edged sword if we’re not careful.

I was more interested in the concepts he would touch on that speak more to psychology and the replacement of the physical experience with a virtual or electronic-dependent experience. After some thought that could change. When you may be waiting up to weeks the meaning of the letter becomes more important.

Oct 31, Kurtbg rated it it was ok Shelves: A few illustrative predictions are worth quoting.