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Republic.com 2.0 /
Cass R. Sunstein.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2007.
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xiii, 251 p.
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0691133565 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780691133560 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2007.
isbn
0691133565 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780691133560 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6236499
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-240) and index.
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""Republic.com" enraged many because it asked a set of uncomfortable questions that few had a way of answering. In this beautifully revised edition, Sunstein continues to press these difficult questions, not as an attack on new technologies but as a challenge to make them make democracy work. This is a compelling if sober set of questions from America's foremost legal scholar."--Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-05-01:
Sunstein is concerned about the impact on democracy and democratic citizenship of an often-ignored aspect of the Internet, namely, the ability of this communications medium to create virtual communities among individuals who share both interests and opinions. He argues persuasively that the fragmented market for communications, which may cater to the desires of consumers, is harmful to the development of informed and moderate citizens because it limits or even makes impossible exposure to unsolicited, diverse, and occasionally unwelcome views, all of which are necessary in democracies. He makes a number of interesting legal as well as philosophical observations concerning the issue of freedom of speech and the way it needs to be limited and regulated. This book is a splendid antidote to the views of the utopian populists who equate democracy with information choice provided over the Internet. Summing Up: Recommended. General, all undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. B. Cooper University of Calgary
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By its nature, Sunstein argues, the Web fragments us into ever-smaller niches. In this way, for all of its incredible, information-sharing connectivity, the Web can be isolating, especially when groups begin to 'echo chamber' and talk only to themselves...To my mind, Sunstein has always been lucid and valuable on this topic. But despite the Web's culture-changing successes--wiring up the economy, influencing presidential campaigns--many Web advocates and bloggers still act as though they're threatened. When they're not acting triumphalist, that is. Even the lightest guidelines, in short, will be resented, particularly when our confusion of free markets with free speech has proved so profitable.
In this follow up toRepublic.com, his first appraisal of technology's effect on public discourse, University of Chicago Law School professor Sunstein waxes pessimistic about today's 'nightmare' of limitless news and information options--and, more significantly, the limitless options for avoiding it....This perceptive volume effectively illuminates the contradictory impulses at the heart of the citizen-consumer.
"In this follow up to Republic.com , his first appraisal of technology's effect on public discourse, University of Chicago Law School professor Sunstein waxes pessimistic about today's 'nightmare' of limitless news and information options--and, more significantly, the limitless options for avoiding it....This perceptive volume effectively illuminates the contradictory impulses at the heart of the citizen-consumer."-- Publishers Weekly
In this follow up to Republic.com , his first appraisal of technology's effect on public discourse, University of Chicago Law School professor Sunstein waxes pessimistic about today's 'nightmare' of limitless news and information options--and, more significantly, the limitless options for avoiding it....This perceptive volume effectively illuminates the contradictory impulses at the heart of the citizen-consumer. -- Publishers Weekly
In this follow up toRepublic.com, his first appraisal of technology's effect on public discourse, University of Chicago Law School professor Sunstein waxes pessimistic about today's 'nightmare' of limitless news and information options--and, more significantly, the limitless options for avoiding it....This perceptive volume effectively illuminates the contradictory impulses at the heart of the citizen-consumer. -- Publishers Weekly
Lucid and thought-provoking,Republic.com 2.0raises important concerns. . . . Carefully argued, well balanced, and accessible to a general audience.
"Lucid and thought-provoking, Republic.com 2.0 raises important concerns. . . . Carefully argued, well balanced, and accessible to a general audience."-- Elisabeth Herschbach, Metapsychology Online Reviews
Lucid and thought-provoking, Republic.com 2.0 raises important concerns. . . . Carefully argued, well balanced, and accessible to a general audience. -- Elisabeth Herschbach, Metapsychology Online Reviews
Lucid and thought-provoking,Republic.com 2.0raises important concerns. . . . Carefully argued, well balanced, and accessible to a general audience. -- Elisabeth Herschbach, Metapsychology Online Reviews
Praise for "Republic.com": "Cass Sunstein sounds a timely warning in this concise, sophisticated account of the rise of the internet culture. He argues that it is our very ability to wrap ourselves in our own tastes, views, and prejudices with the aid of technology that constitutes a real threat to the traditional democratic values.
Praise for Republic.com : "Cass Sunstein sounds a timely warning in this concise, sophisticated account of the rise of the internet culture. He argues that it is our very ability to wrap ourselves in our own tastes, views, and prejudices with the aid of technology that constitutes a real threat to the traditional democratic values. -- Peter Aspden, Financial Times
Praise for Republic.com : "Cass Sunstein sounds a timely warning in this concise, sophisticated account of the rise of the internet culture. He argues that it is our very ability to wrap ourselves in our own tastes, views, and prejudices with the aid of technology that constitutes a real threat to the traditional democratic values."-- Peter Aspden, Financial Times
Praise forRepublic.com: "Cass Sunstein sounds a timely warning in this concise, sophisticated account of the rise of the internet culture. He argues that it is our very ability to wrap ourselves in our own tastes, views, and prejudices with the aid of technology that constitutes a real threat to the traditional democratic values. -- Peter Aspden, Financial Times
Praise forRepublic.com: "Complex and thoughtful . . . a slim, sleek volume perfectly designed to appeal to Internet-era attention spans . . .
Praise forRepublic.com: "Republic.comraises important and troubling questions about the effects of the Internet on a democratic society.
Praise for Republic.com : " Republic.com raises important and troubling questions about the effects of the Internet on a democratic society. -- Stephen Labaton, New York Times Book Review
Praise for Republic.com : " Republic.com raises important and troubling questions about the effects of the Internet on a democratic society."-- Stephen Labaton, New York Times Book Review
Praise forRepublic.com: "Republic.comraises important and troubling questions about the effects of the Internet on a democratic society. -- Stephen Labaton, New York Times Book Review
Republic.com 2.0is a refreshing counter to overly optimistic perspectives on the internet and democracy, and Sunstein turns Utopian visions of the internet enabling individuals to gain access to exactly what they are interested in--'The Daily Me'--into a critical assessment of its potential for undermining democratic discourse.
" Republic.com 2.0 is a refreshing counter to overly optimistic perspectives on the internet and democracy, and Sunstein turns Utopian visions of the internet enabling individuals to gain access to exactly what they are interested in--The Daily Me--into a critical assessment of its potential for undermining democratic discourse."-- William Dutton, Times Higher Education
Republic.com 2.0 is a refreshing counter to overly optimistic perspectives on the internet and democracy, and Sunstein turns Utopian visions of the internet enabling individuals to gain access to exactly what they are interested in--'The Daily Me'--into a critical assessment of its potential for undermining democratic discourse. -- William Dutton, Times Higher Education
Republic.com 2.0is a refreshing counter to overly optimistic perspectives on the internet and democracy, and Sunstein turns Utopian visions of the internet enabling individuals to gain access to exactly what they are interested in--'The Daily Me'--into a critical assessment of its potential for undermining democratic discourse. -- William Dutton, Times Higher Education
[Sunstein] argues persuasively that the fragmented market for communications, which may cater to the desires of consumers, is harmful to the development of informed and moderate citizens because it limits or even makes impossible exposure to unsolicited, diverse, and occasionally unwelcome views, all of which are necessary in democracies....This book is a splendid antidote to the views of the utopian populists who equate democracy with information choice provided over the internet.
"[Sunstein] argues persuasively that the fragmented market for communications, which may cater to the desires of consumers, is harmful to the development of informed and moderate citizens because it limits or even makes impossible exposure to unsolicited, diverse, and occasionally unwelcome views, all of which are necessary in democracies....This book is a splendid antidote to the views of the utopian populists who equate democracy with information choice provided over the internet."-- B. Cooper, Choice
[Sunstein] argues persuasively that the fragmented market for communications, which may cater to the desires of consumers, is harmful to the development of informed and moderate citizens because it limits or even makes impossible exposure to unsolicited, diverse, and occasionally unwelcome views, all of which are necessary in democracies....This book is a splendid antidote to the views of the utopian populists who equate democracy with information choice provided over the internet. -- B. Cooper, Choice
This book, now in a substantially revised edition, remains the most effective public work depicting this debate and urging on us this proper vision of a reasonable freedom.
"This book, now in a substantially revised edition, remains the most effective public work depicting this debate and urging on us this proper vision of a reasonable freedom."-- Charles Mathewes, Virginia Quarterly Review
This book, now in a substantially revised edition, remains the most effective public work depicting this debate and urging on us this proper vision of a reasonable freedom. -- Charles Mathewes, Virginia Quarterly Review
Republic.comenraged many because it asked a set of uncomfortable questions that few had a way of answering. In this beautifully revised edition, Sunstein continues to press these difficult questions, not as an attack on new technologies but as a challenge to make them make democracy work. This is a compelling if sober set of questions from America's foremost legal scholar.
This item was reviewed in:
San Francisco Chronicle, October 2007
PW Annex Reviews, November 2007
Choice, May 2008
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Summaries
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" Republic.com enraged many because it asked a set of uncomfortable questions that few had a way of answering. In this beautifully revised edition, Sunstein continues to press these difficult questions, not as an attack on new technologies but as a challenge to make them make democracy work. This is a compelling if sober set of questions from America's foremost legal scholar."-- Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University
Bowker Data Service Summary
In 'Republic.com 2.0' Sunstein thoroughly rethinks the critical relationships between democarcy and the Internet in a world where partisan Web logs have emerged as a significant force in politics and where cyber-jihadists have embraced the Internet to thwart democracy and spread violence.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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'sRepublic.com. Now, inRepublic.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 2.0highlights 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.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
The Daily Mep. 1
An Analogy and an Idealp. 19
Polarization and Cybercascadesp. 46
Social Glue and Spreading Informationp. 97
Citizensp. 119
Blogsp. 138
What's Regulation? A Pleap. 151
Freedom of Speechp. 165
Policies and Proposalsp. 190
Republic.comp. 212
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
Notesp. 227
Indexp. 241
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