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Does Cuss Sundstein have any evidence that this actually happens?

 Barry
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  Barry Wellman         Professor of Sociology        NetLab Director
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On Mon, 12 Jan 2004, Reifman, Alan wrote:

> Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 12:50:42 -0600
> From: "Reifman, Alan" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: new book:  "why societies need dissent"
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> I have just finished reading the book "Why Societies Need Dissent" by University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein, and I would like to recommend it to people on the SOCNET discussion list.  Sunstein talks extensively about information cascades (a term I first came across in Duncan Watts's "Six Degrees") and about a variant he calls "reputational cascades."  The idea is that a consensus on some issue can spread rapidly through a network, stifling dissent, and thus depriving society of potentially useful information and arguments.
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