See only what you want to see, hear only what you want to hear, read only what you want to read. In cyberspace, we already have the ability to filter out everything but what we wish to see, hear, and read. Tomorrow, our power to filter promises to increase exponentially. With the advent of the Daily Me, you see only the sports highlights that concern your teams, read about only the issues that interest you, encounter in the op-ed pages only the opinions with which you agree. In all of the applause for this remarkable ascendance of personalized information, Cass Sunstein asks the questions, is it good for democracy? Is it healthy for the republic? What does this mean for freedom of speech? "Republic.com" exposes the drawbacks of egocentric Internet use, while showing us how to approach the Internet as responsible citizens, not just concerned consumers. Democracy, Sunstein maintains, depends on shared experiences and requires citizens to be exposed to topics and ideas that they would not have chosen in advance. Newspapers and broadcasters helped create a shared culture, but as their role diminishes and the customization of our communications universe increases, society is in danger of fragmenting, shared communities in danger of dissolving. In their place will arise only louder and ever more extreme echoes of our own voices, our own opinions. In evaluating the consequences of new communications technologies for democracy and free speech, Sunstein argues the question is not whether to regulate the Net (it's already regulated), but how; proves that freedom of speech is not an absolute; and underscores the enormous potential of the Internet to promote freedom as well as its potential to promote "cybercascades" of like-minded opinions that foster and enflame hate groups. The book ends by suggesting a range of potential reforms to correct current misconceptions and to improve deliberative democracy and the health of the American republic.
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"Sunstein brings a thoughtful perspective to the unanticipated problems of a world in which an increasing amount of information is transmitted over the Internet. . . . [He] writes in a clear and inviting style that brings wisdom to even the most obvious of points. . . . Republic.Com raises important and troubling questions about the effects of the Internet on a democratic society. Sunstein's assessment is persuasive. . . . Though Sustein hardly has all the answers, he performs an important service in casting a skeptical light on a medium more often seen as a utopian technology than as a potentially corrosive force." --Stephen Labaton, New York Times Book Review
"If Type-A cybermedia moguls, desperate to pre-identify and serve consumer choices, spent a sliver of their time pondering Sunstein, we'd all be better off." --Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer
"An enormously intelligent, accessible, and rewarding book. Log on." --Virginia Quarterly Review
"Complex and thoughtful . . . a slim, sleek volume perfectly designed to appeal to Internet-era attention spans . . ." --Publishers Weekly
"To Sunstein, the First Amendment was not only about banning censorship; it was also about getting people to talk with one another . . . He fears that the Internet is contributing to a fragmentation of public discourse that is undermining democracy. For democracy to work, Sunstein says, it's important that citizens be exposed to many alternative viewpoints, occasionally encountering information that is unexpected or even jarring." --Peter Coy, BusinessWeek
"A succinct, eminently sensible little book. . . . [Sunstein's] book deserves a wide audience and precisely the kind of open-minded, thoughtful consideration that he would like to nurture on the Internet." --Merle Rubin, The Christian Science Moniter
"Cass Sunstein sounds a timely warning in this concise, sophisticated account of the rise of the internet culture. He argues that it is our very ability to wrap ourselves in our own tastes, views, and prejudices with the aid of technology that constitutes a real threat to the traditional democratic values." --Peter Aspden, Financial Times
"[Sunstein] insists that we need to think more carefully about how to use the Internet as responsible citizens, rather than as mere consumers. . . . Democracy, rather than pure populism, requires that we experience unplanned encounters with opposing views." --Steven Poole, The Guardian (London)
"Sunstein persuasively warns that the Internet's capacity to serve up only what users order in advance could debilitate the clash of ideas critical to informed self-government . . . We have always been able to seek out those who share our assumptions and ignore ideas we don't like. But the Internet's ability to filter information instantaneously makes the sifting process so much more effective that we are in danger of transforming ourselves into a society of egocentric techno-tribalists, Sunstein warns." --Paul M. Barrett, The Washington Monthly
"Sunstein's thoughtful plea is that the virtues and necessities of shared experience, exposure to divergent views, and democratic political deliberation not get lost amid the triumphalism of the information age." --Foreign Affairs
"In the world of imperfect filtering, we stumble over ideas and views we would never seek out and with which we may violently disagree. But at least we encounter them; and these encounters are central to the US model of democracy. They are also central to freedom of speech, Sunstein argues." --Patti Waldmeir, Financial Times
"Sunstein has written a book that is thought-provoking in the most literal sense. It is a book less interested in giving answers than in raising questions, particularly about the rosy predictions for cyberspace." --James H. Johnston, Legal Times
"The phrase 'Information Age' doesn't really describe us but our systems and machines. That tells us a lot about ourselves. . . . [For Sunstein] 'information' primarily means democratic, political speech and the knowledge required for rational democratic deliberation on important public issues. Sunstein is worried that technologies of the Information Age, especially the Internet, are allowing us to escape and ignore this kind of information." --Gary Chapman, Washington Post Book World
" Republic.com presents a novel and compelling argument, simply executed but eloquently turned, that marks it as an important book in the continuing debate over the press's role in democratic politics." --Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics
"Cass Sunstein is one of the nation's preeminent legal minds and constitutional scholars. In Republic.com, he presents insightful and far-reaching perspectives on the Internet and its impact on free speech, the marketplace of ideas, and our democracy itself. He offers a lesson worth heeding by us all. The Internet is an effective means for preserving and promoting these cherished principles. But it also has the potential to undermine them--and we must not let that happen."--Senator Edward M. Kennedy
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110691095892