Republic.com 2.0

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Princeton University Press, Aug 17, 2009 - Law - 272 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review

Contents

The Daily Me
1
An Analogy and an Ideal
19
Polarization and Cybercascades
46
Social Glue and Spreading Information
97
Citizens
119
Blogs
138
Whats Regulation? A Plea
151
Freedom of Speech
165
Policies and Proposals
190
Republiccom
212
Acknowledgments
225
Notes
227
Index
241
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Cass R. Sunstein is a law professor at Harvard Law School and is the most cited law professor in the United States.

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