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Truth, Lies and Trust on the Internet

by Monica T. Whitty

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The authors use fairly good statistical reasoning to argue against studies that cast negativity and hype on the Internet in terms of psychological effects. I continue to maintain that each case of Internet use is different and that although we are trying to move beyond the basics, survey's may never reveal what people actually do when they are on/using the Internet. Some call this "online behaviour" whereas I believe it to be more connected with literacy. Meaning adding photos or viewing them online is photographic literacy, reading and writing blogs is literacy and music is again musical literacy.

The authors do advance the study of emotional support effectiveness of online support. Although they are professionals and we have yet to see some more ordinary folks or consumer/survivors and ex-patients studying the effectiveness of online support. I think we as a society interested in studying this are years behind what is really happening.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 184169584X, Hardcover)

The Internet is often presented as an unsafe or untrustworthy space: where children are preyed upon by paedophiles, cannibals seek out victims, offline relationships are torn apart by online affairs and where individuals are addicted to gambling, love, and cybersex.

While many of these stories are grounded in truth, they do paint a rather sensationalized view of the Internet, the types of people who use it, and the interactions that take place online. Simultaneously, researchers claim that the Internet allows individuals to express their true selves, to develop 'hyperpersonal' relationships characterised by high levels of intimacy and closeness. At the heart of these competing visions of the Internet as a social space are the issues of truth, lies and trust.

This book offers a balanced view of the Internet by presenting empirical data conducted by social scientists, with a concentrated focus on psychological studies. It argues that the Internet’s anonymity which can enable, for instance, high levels of self-disclosure in a relationship, is also responsible for many of its more negative outcomes such as deception and flaming. This is the first book to develop a coherent model of the truth-lies paradox, with specific reference to the critical role of trust.

Truth, Lies and Trust on the Internet is a useful text for psychology students and academics interested in Internet behaviour, technology, and online deviant behaviour, and related courses in sociology, media studies and information studies.


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