Funder’s story paints a picture of daily life in East Berlin under the brutal watch of the Stasi, the sector’s secret police. She spends her time fluttering from citizen to Stassi to citizen, at each stop painting beautiful portraits of a life stuck in a particular time.
Still, it’s contribution to the larger story of Congressional dysfunction can’t be undersold. Taken together with books such as Lawrence Lessig’s Republic, Lost (which the authors argue is a well-written critique but ultimately unrealistic in its goal), one can begin to understand the deep, underlying forces that have disrupted traditional governance — at least on a federal level — in the United States.
The book is a series of essays that deconstruct the concerns people express about technology in general and the Web in specific. It’s divided into four parts — Untangling Me, Untangling Us, Untangling Society, and Untangling the Future — each of which explores individual ideas that you’ve heard people discuss.