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Life beyond the Public Sphere: Towards a Networked Model for Political Deliberation

Bruns, Axel (2008) Life beyond the Public Sphere: Towards a Networked Model for Political Deliberation. Information Polity, 13(1-2), pp. 65-79.

Abstract

As the odds for a change of government in the Australian elections in late 2007 improve, there is increased conflict not only between the two sides of federal politics, but also between the mainstream press (which in recent years had maintained a largely supportive stance towards the government) and citizen journalists and news bloggers (many of whom have long held sharply critical views). The increasingly visible disconnect between the electorate and many political journalists points to wider observations about the decline of the mass-mediated public sphere, and the emergence of a variety of networked issue publics, possibly acting as public spherules in their own right and interacting with one another in complex patterns of exchange. This article explores the implications of this transformation for citizen engagement in politics and policy development, and applies observations from the analysis of produsage, or user-led content creation, to the democratic process.

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ID Code: 13578
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: journalism, citizen journalism, gatewatching, public sphere, deliberation, politics, democracy, long tail, gentle slope
ISSN: 1875-8754
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 IOS Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 19 May 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:59

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