Megan Harlan
November 15, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

America Off-line: The Complete Outernet Starter Kit

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
A.J. Jacobs
publisher
Andrews McMeel Publishing
genre
Science and Technology, Nonfiction

We gave it an B+

Trendy Outernet service America Off-Line boasts 250 million members and a sophisticated interactive network — the World Wide World. Meet interesting people through Internet-like chat rooms, known as ”parties.” Take advantage of the lightweight word processor with an automatic save function, the ”pencil.” Learn about antivirus programs that implement chicken soup. With easy-to-follow tips to orient ”newbies,” EW staff writer A.J. Jacobs cleverly uploads the obvious in America Off-line: The Complete Outernet Starter Kit, a caustic, deadpan, at-least-three-snickers-a-page spoof of cyberspace that would have us treat ”nonvirtual Reality” as merely the place where we plug in our modems. B+

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