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The Public Sphere

The Public Sphere
An Introduction

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  • Date Published: March 2005
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521549905

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  • What is happening to public debate in Western cultures? Is our public sphere disintegrating? In the face of popular tabloid newspapers, new forms of reality television and an increasing lack of respect for traditional authorities, many critics are concerned that our society no longer has a rational, informed and unified space where everyone can communicate about the issues that affect us all. In this book Alan McKee answers these questions by providing an introduction to the concept of the public sphere, the history of the term and the philosophical arguments about its function. By drawing on many examples from contemporary mediated culture, McKee looks at how we communicate with each other in public - and how we decide whether changing forms of communication are a good thing for the 'public sphere'.

    • This book provides a clear introduction to the term 'public sphere' and its uses
    • It is a concise explanation of how the term has been used historically and as an obvious concept in a number of disciplines
    • The book makes use of numerous case studies of a variety of media texts to illustrate how the public sphere functions
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    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521549905
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Trivialization
    2. Commercialization
    3. Spectacle
    4. Fragmentation
    5. Apathy
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Alan McKee, University of Queensland
    Alan McKee is a senior lecturer in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology.

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