Republic.com 2.0 by Cass R. Sunstein

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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.

 

About Cass R. Sunstein

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Cass R. Sunstein is the nation’s most-cited legal scholar who, for the past fifteen years, also has been at the forefront of behavioral economics. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His book, Nudge, coauthored with Richard Thaler, was a national bestseller.
 
Published August 17, 2009 by Princeton University Press. 266 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Sunstein argues that the most obvious dangers of this effect-single-minded terrorists and hate groups who use cyberspace to communicate directly with receptive audiences-hide the more subtle and far-reaching consequences of the ""growing power of consumers to 'filter' what they see"": not only do...

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San Francisco Chronicle

But despite the Web's culture-changing successes - wiring up the economy, influencing presidential campaigns - many Web advocates and bloggers still act as though they're threatened.

Oct 12 2007 | Read Full Review of Republic.com 2.0

Harvard Business Review

How willing are you to read a blog by someone whose ideas you detest?

Sep 17 2007 | Read Full Review of Republic.com 2.0

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