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Books look at getting caught in the Web

by COLETTE BANCROFT Tampa Bay Times on June 29, 2014 1:00 AM

Three new books look at some of the stranger sides of our absorption with the Internet.

“EXTREME MEAN: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online” (Signal) by Paula Todd is an investigative journalist’s look at the motives and methods behind such scourges as revenge-porn sites, cyberstalking, virtual bullying and more.

“JENNIFER, GWYNETH & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time” (Ballantine) by Rachel Bertsche is an entertaining memoir about a woman’s attempt to model her life on those of stars — enabled, of course, by Internet access.

“VIRTUAL UNREALITY: Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It’s True?” (Viking) by Charles Seife is a science reporter’s account of how to tell fact from fiction in a world of digital media, as well as how to avoid being a victim of scammers, corporate manipulation, government spying and biased reporting.

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