Thursday, February 01, 2007

The term "Public Sphere"

According to Paul Starr:
"The term "Public Sphere" combines both senses when conceived (as it will be here) as sphere of openly accessible information and communication about matters of general social concern."
Page 24, Starr
I think this is a great description or definition to the term. He describes it very well. I agree with the term because in today's society especially, anything that goes on in the world becomes a concern for everyone in that society. Because of New Public Sphere Communications between other countries or other places such as Europe and America are able to know the concerns of society around the globe.


At 12:33 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

This is a key term for our discussion of the history of the mass media. What does Starr mean by "Public Sphere"? One point to remember is that it the extent and role of the public sphere is historically determined. The public sphere is not the same in every period or location.

What is the connection of the rise of the public sphere and printing according to Starr?


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