“Virtual Unreality,” the latest book by the New York University journalism Professor Charles Seife, is certain of one thing: The Internet is filled with misinformation. It’s on rockier territory when it comes to the nature of this misinformation and the degree of the problem, much less what it all means. Early on, though, Seife comes out full of smoke: “Bad information is a disease that attacks the brain,” he warns. “It messes with your head, making you do things that you shouldn’t.”
I reviewed Charles Seife’s “Virtual Unreality” for the San Francisco Chronicle.