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Habermas, J. (1989) 'Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere'

Habermas, Jurgen. Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (1989), Translation MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(Unfinished notes: Chapters One and Two)

Habermas develops his grand theory, tracing the roots and development of a critical-reasoning public sphere. 1,591 more words


The public sphere on the steps of the Met

Apart from the imminent issue that tights are not pants, the Gossip Girl franchise touches on a lot of issues in our modern society. Fashion, murder, the division of society, a son with no male role model because his father is serving a life sentence for embezzlement, a gay brother who tried to kill himself because he had depression, women being used for their bodies, infidelity, near rape, a pregnancy that didn’t work, and the main issue that the whole show is based on- that of a social networking site allowing and pushing voyerism, the notion that everyone is being watched and that no-one has privacy in our technology driven world. 239 more words


That Question.

Inquisitive person: What exactly is ‘Public Texts’?

Me: ….(!)

At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t exactly sure how to answer that question.  So, like anyone faced by a question they can’t really answer, I improvised by basically defining each word to the inquirer.  709 more words

Don't Panic

Public Sphere.

Jürgen Habermas was born June 18, 1929 and is a German sociologist, geographer and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his theory on the concepts of ‘communicative rationality’ and the ‘public sphere’. 1,421 more words