Republic.com 2.0

Republic.com 2.0

by Cass R. Sunstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691143285

ISBN-13: 9780691143286

Pub. Date: 08/17/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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:
9780691143286
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/17/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(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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