A provocative excursion to the darker side of human nature set free by the anonymous and unregulated boundaries of...




A Telegraph columnist and researcher of online social movements reports his findings collected while roaming the outer limits of the Internet.

Bartlett found a world inhabited by trolls, lone wolves, drug dealers, anorexia sufferers, libertarians, camgirls, pedophiles, and neo-Nazis, among countless others. Beginning with an informative and entertaining look at the beginnings of the Internet, the author briefly explains Arpanet, bulletin board systems, flame wars, and the evolution of radical online libertarians who came to be known as cypherpunks. These early colonizers of the Internet stressed that this new frontier of cyberspace should be used to shore up the values of “personal liberty, privacy and anonymity.” Bartlett deconstructs the intricacies of encryption, crypto money, and stealth addresses. The author combines technical information with his own excursions to the other side of the Web: making a purchase from the Silk Road; attending a camgirl session with one of the “world’s top cam-models”; meeting with a well-known member and founder of the anti-immigration English Defence League. As Bartlett notes, those in need of “talking” with someone regarding issues of self-mutilation, bulimia, anorexia, or suicide can find what they think is help and counsel online, where support groups have proliferated. Though the author’s tone is nonjudgmental throughout, Bartlett advises readers to be wary when entering this murky environment: “freedom in the dark net comes with a price. People have to be prepared for what they might encounter there.” Bartlett also explains that these shadowy online behaviors, which at first glance may appear to be simple moral questions of right and wrong, are more nuanced. He concludes with a solid compilation of endnotes covering the posts, articles, and websites he relied on and a reading list for further exploration of the subject.

A provocative excursion to the darker side of human nature set free by the anonymous and unregulated boundaries of cyberspace.

Pub Date: June 2, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-61219-489-9

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Melville House

Review Posted Online: May 5, 2015

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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