Millennial Makeover – MySpace, YouTube and the Future of America Politics
It happens in America every four decades and it is about to happen again. America’s demand for change in the 2008 election will cause another of our country’s periodic political makeovers. This realignment, like all others before it, will result from the coming of age of a new generation of young Americans-the Millennial Generation-and the full emergence of the Internet-based communications technology that this generation uses so well. Beginning in 2008, almost everything about American politics and government will transform-voting patterns, the fortunes of the two political parties, the issues that engage the nation, and our government and its public policy.
Two books by Cass Sunstein:
Republic.com 2.0 – Revenge of the Blogs
What happens to democracy and free speech if people use the Internet to create echo chambers–to listen and speak only to the like-minded? What is the democratic benefit of the Internet’s unlimited choices if citizens narrowly limit the information they receive, creating ever-smaller niches and fragmenting the shared public conversation on which democracy depends?
Infotopia – How Many Minds Produce Knowledge
The rise of the “information society” offers not only considerable peril but also great promise. Beset from all sides by a never-ending barrage of media, how can we ensure that the most accurate information emerges and is heeded?