Slashdot and the public sphere

Andrew O Baoill

Abstract


Jurgen Habermas's theory of the public sphere provides a model of idealised democratic debate. Three major features of this model can be identified - universal access, rational debate, and a disregard for rank. I analyse the model, and use it to examine Slashdot, a popular Web site, as an actualisation of public space.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v5i9.790



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