Republic.com 2.0

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Princeton University Press, Aug 17, 2009 - Law - 272 pages
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What happens to democracy and free speech if people use the Internet to listen and speak only to the like-minded? What is the benefit of the Internet's unlimited choices if citizens narrowly filter the information they receive? Cass Sunstein first asked these questions in 2001's Republic.com. Now, in Republic.com 2.0, Sunstein thoroughly rethinks the critical relationship between democracy and the Internet in a world where partisan Weblogs have emerged as a significant political force.

Republic.com 2.0 highlights new research on how people are using the Internet, especially the blogosphere. Sunstein warns against "information cocoons" and "echo chambers," wherein people avoid the news and opinions that they don't want to hear. He also demonstrates the need to regulate the innumerable choices made possible by technology. His proposed remedies and reforms emphasize what consumers and producers can do to help avoid the perils, and realize the promise, of the Internet.

  

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User Review  - Adam Crouse - Goodreads

A decent book. Sunstein makes a lot of good points on how the personalization of the internet can fragment a democratic society and ultimately threaten its freedom. And although the internet does ... Read full review

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User Review  - Danica Page (One Page at a Time) - Goodreads

Assigned reading, an interesting point that Sunstein made. This novel definitely isn't light-reading and was pretty intense in many parts. I felt like Sunstein's view was very negative, but that makes ... Read full review

Contents

The Daily Me
1
An Analogy and an Ideal
19
Polarization and Cybercascades
46
Social Glue and Spreading Information
97
Citizens
119
Blogs
138
Whats Regulation? A Plea
151
Freedom of Speech
165
Policies and Proposals
190
Republiccom
212
Acknowledgments
225
Notes
227
Index
241
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Cass R. Sunstein is the Felix Frankfurter Professor at Harvard Law School. His many books include "Worst-Case Scenarios", "A Constitution of Many Minds", and, with Richard Thaler, "Nudge".

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