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16 Feb 2010

Looking for Jefferson's Moose, but not finding it ICANN

Law and policy professor David Post's book In Search of Jefferson's Moose looks at the growth of the Internet, using some aspects of the early history of the American republic as a metaphor. It received a lot of positive reviews when it came out last year.

I read it, and was surprised to find that the reviews all missed a critical detail: most of what he says about the Internet is just plain factually wrong, which discredits all his conclusions. You can read my full review here with the dismaying details.

posted at: 19:26 :: permanent link to this entry :: 3 comments
posted at: 19:26 :: permanent link to this entry :: 3 comments

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I've been really enjoying the book, independent of the factual flaws, for giving me a different perspective from which to view the ongoing W3C vs. WHATWG battle for control over the "text/html" MIME type in IANA's registry. I'm recommending it just for giving things a broader perspective.

(by Larry Masinter 23 Feb 2010 14:43)

There's broad and there's broad
A broader perspective is fine, so long as you realize that the Internet you're getting a perspective on is not the one that actually exists.

(by John L 25 Feb 2010 20:58)

I quoted your review on Amazon, and this week I noticed someone had commented on it. They said, quote: "Post is a law professor and clerked on the supreme court... and you have done what?"

I want to be a law professor, so that everything I say about engineering becomes true... nobody else seems to have pointed out the errors in the book, by the way.

(by Avery 21 Jan 2011 07:15)

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