August 1998

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Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine
ISSN 1076-027X / Volume 5, Number 8 / August 1, 1998

Editor's Page
Book Review Editor Kevin Hunt introduces the first of two summer book review issues.


* Insight into the Information Economy
In Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy, Stan Davis and Christopher Meyer describe the information economy as they see it: fluid, hazy, intangible. Reviewer Denise Burch takes a clear-sighted look at Davis and Meyer's vision.

* Understanding Virtual Technologies
Virtual Realism is Michael Heim's latest look at how computers are shaping culture and cognition. Sharmilla Pixy Ferris reviews Heim's call for balancing the role that virtual reality plays in our lives.

* Trust, Privacy, and Security
Are technology and privacy mutually exclusive terms? Nick Carbone reviews two recent releases that add insight into discussions of privacy in an electronically-mediated world: Phil Agre and Marc Rotenberg's Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape, and Dorothy and Peter Denning's Internet Besieged: Countering Cyberspace Scofflaws

* A Slice of Life in Another Virtual Community
What began as the brainchild of author Stacy Horn grew into Echo, a vibrant online community in New York City, which she chronicles in Cyberville: Clicks, Culture and the Creation of an Online Town. Andrea Baker reviews Horn's account of virtual life in the Echo community.

* The Last Link: The Cultural Currency of the Book
Kevin Hunt questions why the book is still the medium that people turn to when they want to make a statement.

* Call for Reviews: Year-end Book Review Issue
With more books on cyberspace coming out, another round of book reviews is in store for the end of the year. Let us know if you'd like to participate.

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