Preface: This book was assigned to me in my course “Democracy and its Critics.” Even though it was an assignment, I actively chose this book because it has the subtitle “Revenge of the Blogs,” which seemed appropriate, considering Thoughts on Liberty and some of my other projects. Republic.com, 2.0 is the second version of Sunstein’s first book, deceptively titled Republic.com.
In Short: This book badly needs a software update, as Sunstein leaves out vastly important contributions to the internet, such as social media like Facebook and Twitter. Without these, and with the addition of several studies (which Sunstein himself presents and pitifully refutes), his thesis has no teeth. It concerns me somewhat that a man with such limited knowledge of the internet is currently influencing media policy in the Obama administration.
About The Author: When my professor introduced us to Cass R. Sunstein, he quite jovially said that this man seems to write a book every year. Sunstein certainly had made his contribution to politics. He has scribbled almost 40 titles over twenty years (by comparison, our previous author wrote about 30 titles in 40 years), and many of them have been influential.
As I mentioned previously, Sunstein is currently serving in President Obama’s administration as the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where his 27 years as professor at the University of Chicago must certainly come in handy. Sunstein is a prodigious legal scholar in the areas of Constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics.
If you don’t understand what any of that is, that’s okay. I have a feeling only Cass Sunstein does.
Full Review: This review is an excerpt of a longer one, available here.