By Ton Van Haaften, Henrike Jansen, Jaap De Jong, Willem De Koetsenruijter
From classical antiquity until eventually the current, humans and teams have taken to public areas, now mostly digital, that allows you to relay their message and try and convince others. And for simply as lengthy, the tools of organizing and undertaking such public debate and choice making were hotly contested. This selection of essays by way of exceptional foreign students provides an summary of the country of interdisciplinary scholarship at the artwork of rhetoric and the various ways and methodologies inside of it. Bending Opinion cites a bunch of suitable examples, from Barack Obama to Geert Wilders, in addition to compelling case studies.
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17 Sunstein (2006, pp. 25-43) on the so-called “Condorcet Jury Theorem”. ”, recently featured in the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”: given the nature of the questions, the majority is highly likely to get the answer right. [ 35 ] LUP Bending Opinion Boek_Layout 2 27-01-11 14:46 Pagina 36 s lu i t e r daq, where investors use virtual money to trade shares in celebrities, with amounts paid on the basis of the level of press coverage; or the Hollywood Stock exchange, where one can bet, again with virtual money, on box office successes of actors and movies, an instrument highly valued by movie makers; or the Tech buzz game, in which players can predict the success of new technologies.
How many minds produce knowledge” is the subtitle of the book, which we may read as a very literal application of the notion of the marketplace of ideas. Sunstein was aware of the risk of bubbles and manipulation of the information market even before their fatal manifestation in 2007; however, that most recent market failure obviously does not inspire full confidence in his proposal. 6 Social critique based on the marketplace of ideas One of the presuppositions of Holmes’ marketplace of ideas is that of equality of access and opportunity.
We are now in a better position to understand that latter requirement: Parliament is a transaction-costlowering institution. Its members have a particular responsibility to protect the open character of democratic society and not to exclude others from the legitimate exercise of their right. Hate speech, or the call to banish books, constitute violations of this special responsibility by the purposeful and culpable creation of market failures. In this way, we can reconcile recent American First Amendment thinking with the European jurisprudence.