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Jurgen Habermas

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Transcript of Jurgen Habermas

Jurgen Habermas The Public Sphere The Public Sphere Application to Communication Communication Theory and The Public Sphere Criticisms and Limitations
of the Public Sphere Accused of confusing democracy for morality
Immanuel Kant: "bourgeois" public sphere
Liberating humans vs. Enslaving them
Exclusion is necessary for a civil society
Habermas is biased (Frankfurt School) Theoretical Contribution "The Public Sphere" Introduction Born June 18, 1929-present
Dusseldorf, Germany
Influenced by post-war era
PhD in Philosophy
Worked closely with Horhkeimer & Adorno
The "Public Sphere"

One of the most influential philosophers in the world Public assembly
Debate on state democratic associations, economic markets
Overcome through participation
Collaborative Networks
Immanuel Kant's philosophy Mass Media & Political Action Amanda Au
Melanie Zawada Influenced by the Critical Theory
-Marxist tradition, Frankfurt School "Critical Theory" Liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them. 1) The state
2) The official economy
3) Arenas of public discourse People join together (public)
Intent to mediate issue through publicity
Information becomes accessible to public
Manufacture and manipulation of public
Government expected to take action References

Calhoun, C. J. (1992). Habermas and the public sphere. Retrieved from http://books.google.ca/books?id=5F8qjMkoxZ0C&printsec=frontcover&dq=habermas+and+the+public+sphere&hl=en&ei=eHecTM31GseUswbF17DmDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y

Crossman, A. (n.d.). Jurgen Habermas. Retrieved March 3, 2013, from http://sociology.about.com/od/Profiles/p/Jurgen-Habermas.htm

Dahlgren, P. (2005). The Internet, Public Spheres, and Political Communication: Dispersion and Deliberation. Political Communication, 22(2), 147-162.

Fraser, N. (1990). Rethinking the public sphere: a contribution to the crtique of actually existing democracy. Social Text 25/26, 56-80. Retrieved from http://www.kebabaquarium.com/filez/Fraser-Rethinking the_the_Public_Sphere.pdff

Poor, N. (2005). Mechanisms of an online public sphere: The website Slashdot. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 10(2), article 4. Retrived from http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol10/issue2/poor.html - High priority on research agendas
- Entering mainstream of political communication studies Internet and Public Sphere Future Research
Debate about the potential of the Internet to create global connectedness and separation and isolation
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