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The New Networked Frontier.

Writer Howard Rheingold. In his newest book, "The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier" (Addison- Wesley) he argues that although computer mediated communication has made it possible for people to have access to almost anything, it is dangerous as well. Rheingold says individuals must keep using the internet as a way to express their views or they will loose the ability to do so, as the government and large corporations become more aware of the technology's capabilities. Rheingold is the author of "Virtual Reality" and three other books and editor of "Whole Earth Review."

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Other segments from the episode on October 21, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 21, 1993: Interview with Susan Wicklund; Interview with Howard Rheingold; Review of the film "Nightmare Before Christmas."

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