The Internet demands that we fake authenticity. And so fake authenticity is just what we get.
Timur Kuran casts a skeptical eye at politicians who promise authenticity. Democratic governance tends to complicate matters, he says.
There can be a fine line between compromise and lying. Democratic politics certainly requires the former - and it may require the latter, too.
Donald J. Boudreaux tries to take intellectual ammunition away from the pessimists - while encouraging future research.
Jerome Barkow replies to Julian Sanchez in our ongoing discussion of how the Internet promotes and subverts cultural transmission.
Cultural change inevitably looks frightening. But is there good reason to worry?
Sociologist Jerome H. Barkow discusses some of the ramifications of Internet-mediated social change.