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We have created a list of related and readings which is available either as a direct link or a downloadable PDF document. Please note that while we have tried to maintain the links to most of these readings, some of the links might not work.

Note: this is only a description of some of the issues and ideas considered. For our official set of recommendations, see our BetterTogether report.

What's Happening

Putnam, Robert. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Simon and Schuster: New York, NY, 2000. [especially chapters 9 and 13]

Social implication of technology

Rheingold, Howard. Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution (Perseus Publishing, 2002)

Barry Wellman and Caroline Haythornthwaite. The Internet in Everyday Life (The Information Age) (Blackwell Publishers, 2002)

Steven Johnson. Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software (Scribner, 2002). Very interesting, but a bit more distantly related to social capital.

Paul Resnick. Impersonal Sociotechnical Capital, ICTs, and Collective Action Among Strangers.

Paul Resnick. Eliciting Informative Feedback: The Peer-Prediction Method (with Richard Zeckhauser) on the value of reputation on e-bay.

Marleen Huysman and Volker Wulf (Eds.). Social Capital and Information Technology (MIT Press, 2004).

Technology and politics

Cornfield. Michael. Politics Moves Online: Campaigning and the Internet. (Century Foundation Press, 2004).

David M. Anderson and Michael Cornfield (Eds.). The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values. (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002).

Davis, Steve, Larry Elin, and Grant Reeher. Click on Democracy: The Internet's Power to Change Political Apathy into Civic Action. (Westview Press, 2002).

Wilhelm, Anthony G. Democracy in the Digital Age : Challenges to Political Life in Cyberspace. (Routledge, 2000).

Joe Trippi. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised : Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything. (Regan Books, 2004).

Hill, Kevin A. and John E. Hughes. Cyberpolitics. (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998).


Bruce A. Bimber and Richard Davis. Campaigning Online: The Internet in U.S. Elections. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2003).

Richard Davis. The Web of Politics: The Internet's Impact on the American Political System. (Oxford Univ. Press, 1999).

Diana Saco. Cybering Democracy: Public Space and the Internet. (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2002).

Implications of convergence for media/entertainment

Post, Tom. "The Convergence Gamble." Forbes, February 22, 1999.

Wolf, Michael J. "The Pleasure Binge." Wired, March 1999, pp. 86, 88-92.

Implications of convergence for citizens/consumers

Reid, Robert H. "Real Revolution." Wired, October 10, 1997, p. 5.

Narrowcasting/segregated audiences

Frankel, Daniel. "Survey Says: TV Audience Segregated." Eonline, July 20, 1999.


Lawrence Lessig. The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World (Vintage, 2002).

What's Working

Civic journalism

Rosenzweig, Jane. "Can TV Improve Us?" The American Prospect, July-August 1999.

Idea Placement

Rubin, Amy Magaro. "Using Pop culture to fight teen violence," The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 21, 1995.

Digital TV

Somerset-Ward, Richard. "Strategy for digital TV: making channels a community asset, " Current Online.

Behrens, Steve. "Mapping the Assets: a systematic partner search in Connecticut, " Current Online.

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