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Editorial: Reconceptualizing public sphere(s) in the digital age? On the role and future of public sphere theory


Eisenegger, Mark; Schäfer, Mike S (2023). Editorial: Reconceptualizing public sphere(s) in the digital age? On the role and future of public sphere theory. Communication Theory, 33(2-3):61-69.

Abstract

Theories of the public sphere—or more recently, of plural public spheres—are core elements of communication and media research. A lively and dynamic debate exists about the respective theories, and the approaches employed to do so have diversified in recent years. This special issue of Communication Theory aims to assess the role and future of public sphere(s) theory in digital societies: if, and where, are concepts of the public sphere(s) still useful and needed, which criticisms are (still) valid, which not, which new ones might be necessary, and which concepts need to be developed or elaborated to respond meaningfully to the digital transformation? This editorial introduces the topic of and contributions to the special issue as well as nine theses on the development of public sphere(s) theorizing.

Abstract

Theories of the public sphere—or more recently, of plural public spheres—are core elements of communication and media research. A lively and dynamic debate exists about the respective theories, and the approaches employed to do so have diversified in recent years. This special issue of Communication Theory aims to assess the role and future of public sphere(s) theory in digital societies: if, and where, are concepts of the public sphere(s) still useful and needed, which criticisms are (still) valid, which not, which new ones might be necessary, and which concepts need to be developed or elaborated to respond meaningfully to the digital transformation? This editorial introduces the topic of and contributions to the special issue as well as nine theses on the development of public sphere(s) theorizing.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute for Research on the Public Sphere and Society
Dewey Decimal Classification:070 News media, journalism & publishing
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics, Communication
Language:English
Date:28 July 2023
Deposited On:29 Aug 2023 09:25
Last Modified:29 Apr 2024 01:39
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1050-3293
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/ct/qtad011
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)