In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of

In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace In , Thomas Jefferson, then the American Minister to France, had the complete skeleton, skin horns of an American moose shipped to him in Paris and mounted in the lobby of his residence as a symbol of the vast possibilities contained in the strange and largely unexplored New World Taking a cue from Jefferson s efforts, David Post, one of the nation s leading Internet scholars, here presents a pithy, colorful exploration of the still mostly undiscovered territory of cyberspace what it is, how it works, and how it should be governedWhat law should the Internet have, and who should make it What are we to do, and how are we to think, about online filesharing and copyright law, about Internet pornography and free speech, about controlling spam, and online gambling, and cyberterrorism, and the use of anonymous remailers, or the practice of telemedicine, or the online collection and dissemination of personal information How can they be controlled Should they be controlled And by whom Post presents the Jeffersonian ideal small self governing units, loosely linked together as peers in groups of larger and larger size as a model for the Internet and for cyberspace community self governance Deftly drawing on Jefferson s writings on the New World in Notes on the State of Virginia, Post draws out the many similarities and differences between the two terrains, vividly describing how the Internet actually functions from a technological, legal, and social perspective as he uniquely applies Jefferson s views on natural history, law, and governance in the New World to illuminate the complexities of cyberspaceIn Search of Jefferson s Moose is a lively, accessible, and remarkably original overview of the Internet and what it holds for the future


10 thoughts on “In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace

  1. Bob Koelle Bob Koelle says:

    An interesting book on the development of the internet, with a strained attempt to overlay Jeffersonian principles and ideals to help explain it all By the third chapter, I was bored by the analogies Shortly after, I was skipping the Jefferson parts altogether This should have been a muchinteresting book by


  2. Austin Austin says:

    This delightful book is hard to classify It draws comparisons from Jefferson s life and thought to the Internet, and does so in ways that are often insightful about both I believe I learnedabout Jefferson as a thinker from this book than from a biography of his I d read earlier.There are lots of little nugget


  3. Dale Halling Dale Halling says:

    This is an excellent book up there with Niall Ferguson s, Ascent of Money David G Post, the author, ties the ideas of Thomas Jefferson to the ideas that made the Internet so successful Post also demonstrates an extensive knowledge of Jefferson, but not to the determent of the story.Post shows how Jefferson s m


  4. Kevin Quinley Kevin Quinley says:

    Temple law professor David Post presents the thorny issue of cyberspace governance in a Jeffersonian frame, a unique approach that works as well as any to approach these challenging questions Post and the reader, presumably wants to know to corral the increasingly chaotic world wide web, and uses Jefferson s No


  5. Jane Hammons Jane Hammons says:

    When I first started reading this book, I was both curious and a little afraid charts, equations, graphs, oh my But the wonderful metaphor of Jefferson s moose along with the engaging discussion of Jefferson and his journals how he traced rivers, thought about shell deposits, etc as an analogy to creators and in


  6. Bob Bob says:

    I was a litte disappointed by this book because while the writing was engaging and the explanations of technical concepts both legal and engineering were lucid, even memorable, the connections between Jefferson s philosophy and the design and governance of the internet didn t enrich my understanding of either one


  7. Micah Micah says:

    I read this over the summer of 2009 It s a wonderfully informative meditation on Thomas Jefferson s vision of governance, artfully threaded into a contemporary conversation on the Internet and its future If you re a tech politics nerd like me, you ll love the clear headed description of the net s accidental succes


  8. SandiegoSuzanne SandiegoSuzanne says:

    I put this on my Changed my Opinion or Blew my Mind shelf for three reasons It provides an interesting way to think about how the web actually functions It makes one rethink the function, limits and necessity of the copyright in today s cyberspace world It provides fascinating insight into the mind of Thomas Jeffer


  9. Joe Joe says:

    If you care about the Internet and information policy, read this book Beyond the technical, legal and social policy issues that the author explores, the way he intertwines the story of Jefferson s exploration and mapping of the new world with society s parallel experience with the Internet is beautiful.


  10. Dean Dean says:

    I came across this book while browsing local borders Interesting book, I d actually rate it 3 1 2 stars Although the author himself admits that he couldn t decide if the book is about Jefferson or cyberspace it was still a good read.


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