Blog 10: Republic.com 2.0
Cass Sunstein’s book, Republic.com 2.0, was a very interesting read. To me it really reinforced a lot of the ideas and topics that we’ve touched on in class and the ideas that I already had a good grasp on. Just like I always like to do, I compared this book to the sporting world (obviously something that I have more knowledge in). And when I did, everything made a lot of sense, but there were definitely a few things that I didn’t necessarily agree with.
This short clip talks about how personalization makes life easier for us through conversion. I thought some of the point that were brought up were really though provoking. It is a little dorky but puts this idea into a different perspective.
In one chapter Sunstein talks about polarized blogs and claims that conservatives will only read conservative blogs and vice versa. This made me think a little…Obviously I’m going to be more inclined to read a sports blog than a political blog, which I guess is a like-minded decision, but as you break it down even further I’ll read blogs that have a different opinion than I do. I really feel like I go about it in that way so that I can get even more heated about what I’m trying to argue about! So I guess you could say that I go into those foreign blogs with a close mind, but I do stumble upon them!
The thing that I really liked about this book was how he talked about how personalized we can make our information consumption. He’s absolutely right with this idea…take a look at your bookmarks on your computer, this is definitely personalized. I’m not going to put a bookmark for a site that I wouldn’t frequent on a daily basis (side note: when I got my computer it came installed with bookmarks…I got rid of all of them). I absolutely love the idea of personalization, I sure don’t want to waste my time going through websites that I don’t necessarily care for in order to find something that I do care for! I’m a college student with a lot of other responsibilities, it’s all about being able to manage my time, right?!
So that was something that I agreed with, that you can personalize practically everything that you’d like to, but I don’t agree with a part of it. All the websites that I go to have links to different stories and websites. A couple nights ago I got caught up in clicking on links from website to website. I started out reading an article on espn.com and ended up on a democratic website…all without ever typing in anything, just by massive amounts of mouse clicks! So I feel like I could argue that I ran across websites and articles that I didn’t really have any interest in but then I actually think deeper into it and it was a personalized journey through the internet world because I controlled the clicks…so I guess I just ran full circle right there!
Another thing that I didn’t necessarily like about the book was how redundant it was. I feel like you could’ve read the first chapter and really gained the same amount of information as someone who read the whole book. I guess the chapters just became very predictable to me.
I don’t think I would recommend this book to anyone else because I feel as if most people already understand most of the concepts that are covered in this book!The people that I would recommend this book to would be the citizens who oppose the fact of personalization. But if you would like to purchase the book, click here!