Critically appraises the concept of the public sphere in the context of contemporary digital media.
This will be a short piece of analysis, around 500 words which critically appraises the concept of the public sphere in the context of contemporary digital media.
In a couple of paragraphs, try to examine how a specific case of media platform or program might provide the basis for the realisation of the public sphere.
Try to offer different sides of the debate and include your own argument on the basis of the evidence you provide.
How to organise this?
You should make sure to refer to but also go beyond the key readings in order to construct a deep understanding of what the public sphere meant when Habermas first articulated the theory, and how we might understand its application in todayas world.
Pick a case of a contemporary media example of your choice and examine whether/ where/ how/ to what effect it might be perceived as a public sphere.