Impact Of The Internet On Public Sphere Essay

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Despite its critics and some shortcomings early highlighted (Benson, 2009), the Habermas’ idea (and an ideal, too) of a public sphere in which all individuals and opinions should have the opportunity to democratically be engaged in community is an oft-cited framework in order to better understand media, democracy, and pluralism (Antony & Thomas, 2010; García-Canclini, 1992; Jurgen Habermas, 1964; Stein, 2006). In Habermas’ words, a “well-functioning public sphere” implies an “open communication structures that permit and promote discussions oriented to self-understanding” (Jürgen Habermas, 1994: 128). Press and newspapers were the traditional landscape in which to deploy deliberation in the so-called public sphere. Indeed, in traditional printed media, readers’ comments have a delimited space and length through the editorial pages that used to explicitly contain the community discussion, which had been also discussed in both Latin American and Chilean contexts (Santa-Cruz, 2011). However, regarding the new technologies, the impact of the Internet in news production, and the shift in the role of audiences and content producers, “audiences are no longer restricted by largely elitist and inaccessible media systems” (Antony & Thomas, 2010: 1283). In fact, technological developments such as the so-called Web 2.0 challenge and complicate the vertical and one-way flow of information that characterizes traditional mediums, such printed newspapers and broadcasting. So, recent
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