Slashdot and the public sphere

  • Andrew O Baoill


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.
How to Cite
O Baoill, A. (2000). Slashdot and the public sphere. First Monday, 5(9).