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The Internet - An ideal public sphere?

The aim of this post is to explore and discuss the concept of the Internet as an ideal public sphere – defined by Holub (1991, p.3) as, “…a realm in which individuals gather to participate in open discussions. 1,750 more words

Digital Communities

Ten bad assumptions about public deliberation

by Trish Roberts-Miller (used with permission)

  1. Bad deliberations happen when and only when people have the wrong feelings (especially when the wrong people have them) and bad intentions (and people know when they have bad intentions).
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The Quasi-Mediated Public Sphere

The public sphere is seen by modern thinkers as a fundamental pre-requisite for a functional democratic state. One of the most renowned philosophers to contribute on the subject of the public sphere is German sociologist and philosopher Jürgen Habermas, whose work on modernity and the transformation of the public sphere, is widely regarded as a benchmark when discussing the subject. 2,024 more words


Why The Great Drought Of Doubt?

A few years ago, I read an article by the American playwright, John Patrick Shanley, in which he bemoaned the death of true debate in the US. 1,181 more words

After Pulse: Queer Intimacies in the Shadow of Orlando

t’s been ages since I’ve posted on here, and I’m both saddened and frustrated that it’s taken the anniversary of the Pulse Orlando massacre for me to get back to writing about these sorts of issues. 2,334 more words


Survivor as fabricated public spheres

The conceptual and contextual notion of the game of survivor provides viewers and game players with the paradox of how individuals navigate constructed public spheres and whether this is their reality or fiction. 255 more words

Kris Contemplates

'Just call me "ze".' The trouble with gender-neutral identities

 A friend’s 14-year-old son goes to a south London comprehensive. Two of his classmates identify as neither male or female: one has two personalities, between which he alternates; the other is a ‘non-binary non-cis-gendered woman’. 1,044 more words

Public Sphere