The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld

Jamie Bartlett
320
June 18, 2016
★★★★ (+9.59%) 🛈

So, this book didn’t teach me anything new, but it was interesting, and had some good information about early Internet history, which I appreciate.

The book has a chapter on each of a variety of “dark” things that the Net plays host to:

Each chapter is will with analogies and examples. It’s well-documented with considerable end notes and references.

The author writes well. It’s breezy – I got through all 240-pages in 3-4 hours of plane flights.

Again, there wasn’t much new here. If you have considerable experience with the internet, you sort of know that this stuff is going on. Still, some of the analogies are pretty harrowing, and I really enjoyed all the reference to the early internet history of the 80s and the 90s.

I did enjoy Suler’s “online disassociation effect,” which are the supposed reasons that people do mean/dumb/illegal things online:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_…

It’s an interesting framework for understanding how people feel and act online.