14,765 book reviews and counting...

Books in the Media Update

This website is no longer being updated; theBookseller.com is the home of all books related-content and will continue to be updated with regular articles about books featured in the media. Thank you for using this website, and we hope you join us on theBookseller.com.

Liars Reviews

Liars by Cass R. Sunstein (Robert Walmsley University Professor, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School)

Liars

Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception

Cass R. Sunstein (Robert Walmsley University Professor, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School)

Score pending

1 review

Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publication date: 27 May 2021
ISBN: 9780197545119

A powerful analysis of why lies and falsehoods spread so rapidly now, and how we can reform our laws and policies regarding speech to alleviate the problem.

2 stars out of 5
Steven Poole
20 May 2021

"...this isn’t an answer but merely a hand-waving hope"

So if it’s to be the government’s job to regulate lies, what happens when that power rests in the hands of a lying government? Yes, it’s the old quis custodiet ipsos custodes question, which applies just as much to the social media giants whom Sunstein praises in this book for their “inventive” approach to the problem, such as tagging dubious statements with “get the facts” and so forth. But who is accountable when Twitter decides to suppress links, as it did last October, to a New York Post story about Hunter Biden? In a recent financial statement, though not in this book, Sunstein discloses having done consulting work for Facebook and Apple, so he is perhaps inclined to take a friendly view.

Reviews