In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace [NOOK Book]

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In 1787, Thomas Jefferson, then the American Minister to France, had the "complete skeleton, skin & horns" of an American moose shipped to him in Paris and mounted in the lobby of his residence as a symbol of the vast possibilities contained in the strange and largely unexplored New World. Taking a cue from Jefferson's efforts, David Post, one of the nation's leading Internet scholars, here presents a pithy, colorful exploration of the still mostly undiscovered territory of cyberspace--what it is, how it ...
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In 1787, Thomas Jefferson, then the American Minister to France, had the "complete skeleton, skin & horns" of an American moose shipped to him in Paris and mounted in the lobby of his residence as a symbol of the vast possibilities contained in the strange and largely unexplored New World. Taking a cue from Jefferson's efforts, David Post, one of the nation's leading Internet scholars, here presents a pithy, colorful exploration of the still mostly undiscovered territory of cyberspace--what it is, how it works, and how it should be governed. What law should the Internet have, and who should make it? What are we to do, and how are we to think, about online filesharing and copyright law, about Internet pornography and free speech, about controlling spam, and online gambling, and cyberterrorism, and the use of anonymous remailers, or the practice of telemedicine, or the online collection and dissemination of personal information? How can they be controlled? Should they be controlled? And by whom? Post presents the Jeffersonian ideal--small self-governing units, loosely linked together as peers in groups of larger and larger size--as a model for the Internet and for cyberspace community self-governance. Deftly drawing on Jefferson's writings on the New World in Notes on the State of Virginia, Post draws out the many similarities (and differences) between the two terrains, vividly describing how the Internet actually functions from a technological, legal, and social perspective as he uniquely applies Jefferson's views on natural history, law, and governance in the New World to illuminate the complexities of cyberspace. In Search of Jefferson's Moose is a lively, accessible, and remarkably original overview of the Internet and what it holds for the future.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Minow's book presents enlightening discussions for educators, policy makers, and informed citizens. Essential for academic and public libraries." -- Library Journal

"The Brown decision wisely and bravely struck down state-imposed racial segregation. Martha Minow capably describes how that decision changed the lives of millions of people." --Diane Ravitch, The New Republic

"Everyone knows how important the Brown v Board of Education decision was. But until Martha Minow turned her exceptional mind and imagination to the subject, no one fully appreciated the decisions' reach across our society and across national boundaries. In Brown's Wake is eloquent and careful, scholarly and accessible, passionate and thoughtful. Thanks to Minow, we will now have a far greater appreciation of what may be the most significant and constructive decision in the Supreme Court's history."--E.J. Dionne, author of Why Americans Hate Politics

"Brown was a landmark case and Martha Minow has written a landmark book about it. No effort to bring the issues raised by that decision up to date can top this one."--Alan Wolfe, Professor of Political Science, Boston College

"In today's education discussions, Brown v. Board of Education is invoked as a vague metaphor for the need to address the racial achievement gap, disconnected from the case's original declaration that separate schools are inherently unequal. Martha Minow's sweeping and provocative narrative brilliantly depicts the many adaptations of Brown, while at the same time anchoring the decision to its fundamental insight about the importance of integrated education in a pluralistic democracy."--Richard D. Kahlenberg, senior fellow, The Century Foundation, and author of All Together Now

"In Brown's Wake is a panoramic view of how this landmark decision has shaped education policy and practice both in the United States and abroad. With an objective eye, Martha Minow leads us through various reform measures designed to promote equal opportunity, skillfully displaying points of contention between integration and segregation, equality and pluralism, sameness and difference. Mining an impressively broad body of social science research, she acknowledges its limitations and the need to find pragmatic and effective solutions to continuing inequalities."--Rosemary Salomone, Professor of Law, St. John's University

"Overall, the book is an outstanding cultural exploration of perhaps the most famous Supreme Court decision ever. Excellent for collections on law and civil rights...Highly recommended..." -- Choice

2011 Scribes Book Award Honorable Mention

"A well-written and informed brief in legal fashion." -- Du Bois Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199743988
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/21/2009
  • Series: Law and Current Events Masters
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Martha Minow is Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she has taught since 1981. She is an expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities, women, children, and persons with disabilities. Her prior books include Government by Contract; Just Schools; Breaking the Cycles of Hatred; Partners, Not Rivals; Between Vengeance and Forgiveness; Not Only for Myself; and Making All the Difference.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Fox, the Hedgehog, and the Moose 1

Philadelphia, 2008 3

Virginia, 1781: Notes on the New World 7

Paris, 1787: The Moose Arrives 13

Notes on the State of Cyberspace

Pt. 1 Chaos 19

1 Mapping the Territory: The Geography of Nowhere 21

2 Population 31

3 Networks 47

4 Jefferson's Moose, and the Problem of Scale I 60

5 The Problem of Scale II 80

6 Connections 90

7 Language I 100

Interlude

Two Kinds of People 107

Looking West 110

Looking Forward 116

Notes on the State of Cyberspace

Pt. 2 Order 119

8 Language II 121

9 Governing Cyberspace I: Code 126

10 Governing Cyberspace II: Names 142

11 Governing Cyberspace III: Law 163

12 Newton's Plow, and the Condition of the General Mind 187

Epilogue: Jefferson's Nature, and the Nature of Cyberspace 207

Appendix 213

References and Suggested Readings 221

Index 243

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

    Fascinating, uniquely intelligent, and fun!!

    This book is one of the most interesting I've ever heard of, let alone read. The title, the basic concept (a book on Jefferson and the Internet??), the author's early admission of not knowing quite what the book really was about, all caught my attention. Added to this, the two subjects are ones I've always had a serious genuine curiosity about, but was too lazy to investigate. While I loved learning about Jefferson and the Internet -- and the amazing digressions that are uniquely woven into the story -- what I loved most was how unique and exciting the writing was. Clearly Prof Post loved making this book and that is clear on every page. This was 200 pages of the most fun reading I've had in quite some time. You will love reading this book, and you'll agree that it is unlike anything you've read before.

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

    fascinating stuff

    This is a really wild and interesting book. Using Jefferson's "Notes on the State of Virginia" as a springboard, Post illuminates all sorts of interesting things about cyberspace - how it works, what has made it special, how it is organized and, in the second half of the book, how it should be governed and how its laws should be made. It's wonderfully well-written -- clear and compelling and to the point. Highly recommended.

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