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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