Republic.com 2.0

Republic.com 2.0

by Cass R. Sunstein
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691133560
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/20/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents


Preface xi

Chapter One: The Daily Me 1

Chapter Two: An Analogy and an Ideal 19

Chapter Three: Polarization and Cybercascades 46

Chapter Four: Social Glue and Spreading Information 97

Chapter Five: Citizens 119

Chapter Six: Blogs 138

Chapter Seven: What's Regulation? A Plea 151

Chapter Eight: Freedom of Speech 165

Chapter Nine: Policies and Proposals 190

Chapter Ten: Republic.com 212

Acknowledgments 225

Notes 227

Index 241

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