Friday, March 27, 2009

We link ...

... you decide: The Internet: Foe of Democracy? (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

... Sunstein worries that the conception of free speech emerging in today’s communications market emphasizes “an architecture of control…by which each of us can select a [customized] free-speech package.” ... The resulting self-segregation creates numerous small republics of like-minded individuals of the sort Montesquieu preferred, but the founders considered “destructive of self-government….”
So how does this differ from the time when there were Republican papers and Democratic papers and some people read only one and others only the other one.? Or the people I met recently whose only sources of news were the NYT, PBS News, and MSNBC? Self-segregation hardly began with the internet.

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