Contributors to the volume--employing approaches from the fields of communication studies, English, sociology, psychology, and history--explore a broad range of texts and artifacts that give rise to publics, and discuss what they reveal about conceptualizations of social space. By focusing on process in public engagement, these scholars highlight questions of how people advance their interests and identities, and how they adapt to situational constraints. These case studies explore the implications of different ways of forming publics, including alternative means of expression (protests, culture jamming); the intersection of politics and consumerism (how people express their identities and interests through their consumer behavior); and online engagement (blogs as increasingly important public fora). In doing so, they raise important questions of access, community, and political efficacy.
Republic of Denial by Michael Janeway
Call Number: PN4888 .P6 J36 1999
Publication Date: 1999-10-11
This thought-provoking book offers insightful critique of the relationship among the press, politics, and public life. Condemnation of the press is rampant as well. Until we understand the modern condition of politics and journalism - and the cultural context in which they interact - says Michael Janeway, there's small hope of either recovering its standing.
After Habermas by John Michael Roberts (Editor); Nick Crossley (Editor)
Call Number: HM585 .A44 2004
Publication Date: 2004-08-20
Contemporary debate about the public sphere has been dominated by discussion of Jurgen Habermas's seminal study, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere. The contributors to this collection push forward Habermas's agenda by reflecting on current social processes and events, such as anti-corporate protests and the emergence of the Internet. Combining work by established commentators and new researchers, After Habermas brings fresh perspectives and ideas to bear on debates about the public sphere.
The public sphere is said to be in crisis. Dumbing down, tabloidisation, infotainment and spin are alleged to contaminate it, adversely affecting the quality of political journalism and of democracy itself. Journalism and Democracy combines textual analysis and extensive in-depth interviews with political journalists, editors, presenters and documentary makers. In separate chapters devoted to the political news agenda, the political interview, punditry, public access media and spin doctoring,
In today’s thoroughly mass-mediated world, audiences and publics are, of course, composed of the same people. Yet social science traditionally treats them quite differently. Indeed, it is commonplace to define audiences in opposition to the public: in both popular and elite discourses, audiences are denigrated as trivial, passive, individualised, while publics are valued as active, critically engaged and politically significant.