The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet

Teeming with chatrooms, online discussion groups, and blogs, the Internet offers previously unimagined opportunities for personal expression and communication. But there’s a dark side to the story. A trail of information fragments about us is forever preserved on the Internet, instantly available in a Google search. A permanent chronicle of our private lives―often of dubious

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Teeming with chatrooms, online discussion groups, and blogs, the Internet offers previously unimagined opportunities for personal expression and communication. But there’s a dark side to the story. A trail of information fragments about us is forever preserved on the Internet, instantly available in a Google search. A permanent chronicle of our private lives―often of dubious reliability and sometimes totally false―will follow us wherever we go, accessible to friends, strangers, dates, employers, neighbors, relatives, and anyone else who cares to look. This engrossing book, brimming with amazing examples of gossip, slander, and rumor on the Internet, explores the profound implications of the online collision between free speech and privacy.

 

Daniel Solove, an authority on information privacy law, offers a fascinating account of how the Internet is transforming gossip, the way we shame others, and our ability to protect our own reputations. Focusing on blogs, Internet communities, cybermobs, and other current trends, he shows that, ironically, the unconstrained flow of information on the Internet may impede opportunities for self-development and freedom. Long-standing notions of privacy need review, the author contends: unless we establish a balance between privacy and free speech, we may discover that the freedom of the Internet makes us less free.

 

Comments

Casey Guo says:

Lots of examples of privacy violations and cyber shaming. … Lots of examples of privacy violations and cyber shaming. But it’s a bit outdated, nothing is newer than 2007 or 2008 and some people today have not heard of the social media sites discussed in here.

D. K. Citron says:

Engrossing, Important Book About Our Lives and Reputations in the Internet Age Once I started The Future of Reputation, I could not put it down. The book brings alive how online gossip, social networking sites, and blogs increasingly define who we are and how were are perceived in today’s Information Age. The stories it tells are, at once, laugh-out-loud funny and terrifying. We see the lives of others distorted by vengeful ex-lovers and mocked by teachers. Online commentators shine light on bad behavior to shame people. Our reputations are out of our control…

Amazon Customer says:

A Good Book on the Overall Issue of Reputation Management At first I was expecting more from this book, but as I read and gave consideration to what Solove was putting forth I realized this is a book that gives one a solid foundation from which to start with their reputation management. 

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