Despite its length, this book offers an entertaining read, introducing much more topics than I would have expected of the subject web and politics: - illusionary expectations and explanations without real clues how to deal with the new possibilites - transfer of old communication metaphors on new media that might lead to erroneous decisions - political education vs entertainment that rather sidetracks citicens of totalitarian states - censorship & control - propaganda through the new media - observation of citicens' online behaviour - online activism instead of real help - treatment of freedom of mind in the US vs expectations from foreign (less developed) countries - development of communication channels in the past
The author manages to convey lots of knowledge of theory and practice at the moment and in the past. One point of criticism refers to the chapter headings that sound nice but do not give a clue on what to expect.
As is the case with majority of books today there is a lot of repetition especially at the beginning. It gets better in middle chapters. The book is touching the very essence of silver bullet approach many people have. It is also a reality that whatever technology you take - it can be used by good and bad guys. So was it with nuclear weapons and so is it with internet and all modern tools of communication that use it as a transport medium.