7/30/2014 6:00:00 AM THE BOOKSHELF: Find out about the 'Virtual Unreality'
BLYTHE, Calif. — The date is Oct. 5, 2005 and Bert, the pointed-head muppet from Sesame Street, was seen on a poster directly behind Osama bin Laden. Several days later Bert reappeared. Efforts to delete the image failed. The image could not be stopped. It had gone viral. Welcome to the new world of Virtual Unreality.
Rosita Smith Palo Verde District Library
BLYTHE, Calif. - The date is Oct. 5, 2005 and Bert, the pointed-head muppet from Sesame Street, was seen on a poster directly behind Osama bin Laden. Several days later Bert reappeared. Efforts to delete the image failed. The image could not be stopped. It had gone viral. Welcome to the new world of Virtual Unreality.
Author Charles Seife takes us through the internet of today, and gives readers a broad view of what's to come down the road ahead. Users have become genetic engineers, have learned how to alter the truth, and have learned how to transfer information from one person to another.
Seife deciphers Wikipedia and explains how the entries are created and used and explains why one needs to be very careful when using the material from the online "encyclopedia".
Sockpuppetry is the use of a false identity to create fake people. Seife explains how it is used in computer settings.
People create Avatars to represent themselves in the online world. They travel at the speed of light and can operate in countries in which the creators have never set foot.
Seife feels the internet is amplifies quirks and odd ideas, driving people towards extremism. He discusses the way ABC, CBS, FOX and MSNBC news is currently becoming more and more polarized, giving place for only one belief to surface.
Seife's book Virtual Unreality is now circulating at the Palo Verde Valley Library. It can be found in the new book, non-fiction section.
Bert has not been seen since going viral. It is wished him safe voyage as he speeds around the world peeking into every nook and corner that has been created by man.
It's hot! The Palo Verde Valley Library is cool inside. Come on down and gather up an armful of books to keep you company as you wander through your choice of reading material. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on weekdays. The library closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday and remains closed on Sunday.
The Palo Verde Valley Library is at the corner of Broadway and Chanslorway in Blythe California, just across the street from the north side of Todd Park.