Is the internet a better public sphere? Comparing old and new media in the USA and Germany

  title={Is the internet a better public sphere? Comparing old and new media in the USA and Germany},
  author={J. Gerhards and Mike S. Sch{\"a}fer},
  journal={New Media & Society},
  pages={143 - 160}
  • J. Gerhards, Mike S. Schäfer
  • Published 2010
  • Computer Science, Sociology
  • New Media & Society
  • Normative theorists of the public sphere, such as Jürgen Habermas, have been very critical of the ‘old’ mass media, which were seen as unable to promote free and plural societal communication. The advent of the internet, in contrast, gave rise to hopes that it would make previously marginalized actors and arguments more visible to a broader public. To assess these claims, this article compares the internet and mass media communication. It distinguishes three levels of both the offline and the… CONTINUE READING

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