Thursday, February 05, 2009

" Public Sphere"

According to chapter 1 Early Modern Origins Starr speaks on the development of accessible public distribution of news and communication, and how its an important device needed for the growth of social society. Before the 1600s news and information was passed on by "word of mouth" people traveling would stop and share stories and information. Today word of mouth is still one of the biggest ways people find out things; but the creation of mass media is the number one way people are informed about everything going on in the world. The advancement of technology such as newspapers, radio, news broadcasting, magazines etc. keep the wave of information fresh and new and on a continuous basis. Which according to Starr " regular means of exchange and publication provide not only a stream of fresh information but also the opportunity to respond to events as they unfold, to engage in the back-and-forth of debate, and to sustain relationships and affiliations"(24). This is what our culture thrives on; the ability to get information NOW, and to always be in the know. The convenience of being able to keep up with whats going on in the world around us and the opportunity to make a change and expand our economic growth.

Starr, Paul. "Early Modern Origins." The Creation of the Media Political Origins of Modern Communications. New York, 2005. 23-24.


At 11:42 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

Yes, the regular exchange of information is an important foundation of our modern life.


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