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Posted December 6, 1999
Serious Argument Diluted
I found Lessig's theme interesting when I first heard of and later purchased the book. What attracted me was the possibility of an serious socio-philosophical exploration cyberspace and law. I found the first two chapters to be rife with generalizations. For example, Lessig makes the claim that Communism collapsed due to exhaustion. This particular idea--one of many that the author uses to build up to a discussion of law and society--simplifies a very complex series of historical events. This book is filled with such unprotected logical planks. The more serious problem is that Lessig sometimes contradicts himself. This may be the result of a law education, focusing more on the application of the law. The author fails to seriously explore the levels of assumption beneath his arguments. The only solid foundation he lays for the reader is that he is a constitutionalist. All else if a hodge-podge of philosophical bits and pieces that merge at functional examples. The weakness of this book is that the argument isn't built as solid as it should be. On the other hand, it was great introduction to a subject that will become increasingly volatile and important in the upcoming decades.
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Posted September 8, 2003
An important look into alternitive future visions of cyberspace
Beyond his lucid framing of the challenges of regulating life in cyber-space, Lessing's book is an example of the methodology we ought to employ in constructing our opinions about the complex issues of public policy and law.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.