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  •  Nice analysis. (1+ / 0-)
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    I think the point about the public sphere that is important to keep in mind is the notion that the public sphere was supposed to be a political arena where private citizens, communicating as a common public, rationalize the authority structures of politics, economics, and so on. The communication that occurs in this regard is the basis for the power vested in authority, rather than the other way around.

    If environments like DKos fill that role, there is an argument to make about the web-based social network as a mutant version of the Habermasian sphere.

    Radio is far more conducive to democracy than TV because it requires its user to be an active participant in its communication. The only clues to the meaning of the message are in the direct cognitive engagement in their transmission and reception. TV offers a range of subtle cues, mainly in the visual realm, to foster a sense of comprehension, but in reality most of the cognitive associations made via TV are of the highly abstract nature.

    This medium is not only the most democratic of the modern electronic media, but also engages the user completely via tactile (mouse & keyboard), linear visual (text), and multi-sensory (video/gfx/photographs). It's very interesting indeed.

    "A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience" -John Dewey

    by mikeplugh on Thu May 22, 2008 at 09:38:52 PM PDT

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