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The Internet Soapbox

Perspectives on a Changing Public Sphere
The Internet is addressed as a political infrastructure that structurally transforms the political public sphere.
This book reviews Internet research and political theory seeking theoretically "cool-headed" perspectives on the current public political spaces in advanced societies. Aspects of the political theories of Rawls and Habermas are discussed and contrasted with contestation-oriented theories. In light of how the Internet takes part in structurally transforming the public sphere, the book draws on sociological and realist insights in order to encircle a more realist view. It briefly reconsiders such strange bedfellows as sociological systems theory (Niklas Luhmann) and political realism (eg. Bernard Williams). The purpose is not to construct a realist theory of the internet-based public sphere, but to point out central insights on which such a theory can be built.

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  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9788215027180
  • Publication date: 22.08.2016
  • Book group: 214

Terje Rasmussen

Terje Rasmussen er sosiolog og professor i medievitenskap ved Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon, Universitetet i Oslo. Han har utgitt en rekke fag- og lærebøker, blant annet om Internett, sosiale medier, nettverk, journalistikk og etikk.
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