The virtual sphere

@article{Papacharissi2020TheVS,
  title={The virtual sphere},
  author={Zizi Papacharissi},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  year={2020},
  volume={4},
  pages={27 - 9}
}
The internet and its surrounding technologies hold the promise of reviving the public sphere; however, several aspects of these new technologies simultaneously curtail and augment that potential. First, the data storage and retrieval capabilities of internet-based technologies infuse political discussion with information otherwise unavailable. At the same time, information access inequalities and new media literacy compromise the representativeness of the virtual sphere. Second, internet-based… 

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