If you are looking for a semana santa (easter week) reading, I urge you to order David Post‘s, In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace (Oxford University Press 2009).Â It is an amazingly beautiful written reflection on the the emerging/emergent new world of Cyberspace.
The book, which Iâ€™ve been laboring over for a good 12 years or so, has a (deceptively?) simple premise: to recreate Jeffersonâ€™s analysis of the New World, for cyberspace. It sounds pretty outlandish, and I guess it is â€” but I think it actually works pretty well (though I leave that to you to decide that for yourself). Along the way, we discover some pretty interesting things about the Internet, and about Jefferson â€” about network design, and Jeffersonâ€™s plan for governing the Western Territory, about the protocol stack and the canals of France, about distributed routing, end-to-end design, and the Louisiana Purchase. And about why Jefferson had a moose shipped to him in Paris while he was serving as US minister to France, and why we should care about that.