1st Edition

The Liquefaction of Publicness
Communication, Democracy and the Public Sphere in the Internet Age

ISBN 9781138325531
Published September 4, 2018 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

The successful Brexit referendum campaign; Donald Trump’s election; and the rise of right-wing nationalist-populist political parties and movements – all of these events have incited renewed interest in public communication and the internetised media, deliberative democracy and public spheres, challenged by an informational abundance that generates a communicative liquefaction of publicness and politics.

This book celebrates the 25th anniversary of the journal Javnost – The Public, bringing together internationally renowned scholars from 20 countries to discuss topical issues in contemporary media and communication research. It focuses on challenging issues of the changing nature of publicness and the public sphere in the internet age, issues of democracy and the crisis of public communication and the tasks of media and communication research as a social practice. It critically reflects on the democratisation crisis and the demise of popular and scholarly optimism, which the emerging internet inspired in early 1990s, when Javnost – The Public was founded.

Table of Contents

Part I: Publicness and the Public Sphere in the Internet Age

1. Publicness–Privateness: The Liquefaction of "The Great Dichotomy" Slavko Splichal

2. Debunking Deference: The Delusions of Unmediated Reality in the Contemporary Public Sphere Laurence Kaufmann

3. Media, Knowledge and Trust: The Deepening Epistemic Crisis of Democracy Peter Dahlgren

4. Fake Democracy: The Limits of Public Sphere Theory Natalie Fenton

5. Visibility and the Public Sphere: A Normative Conceptualisation Lincoln Dahlberg

6. Refeudalisation Revisited: The Destruction of Deliberative Democracy Graham Murdock

7. Standpoint, Mediation and the Working-Class Public Sphere Dana L. Cloud

8. Dissonant and Disconnected Public Spheres as Challenge for Political Communication Research Barbara Pfetsch

9. A Youth-Driven Virtual Civic Public Sphere for the Arab World Mohammad Ayish

10. Family Feud: Who’s Still Fighting about Dewey and Lippmann? Lana F. Rakow

Part II: Democracy and the Crisis of Public Communication

11. The Crisis of Public Communication, 1995–2017 Jay G. Blumler

12. Democracy and the Internet: A Retrospective Charles Ess

13. Post-Globalisation Terry Flew

14. Modern Political Communication and Web 2.0 in Representative Democracies Petros Iosifidis and Mark Wheeler

15. Revisiting Digital News Audiences with a Political Magnifying Glass Josiane Jouët

16. Translation as Politics Barbara Cassin

17. The Alt-Right as a Community of Discourse Philippe-Joseph Salazar

18. Post-Communism, Democratisation and the Media: (Nearly) Thirty Years On Colin Sparks

19. Putin’s Slangy Newspeak as a Paradox of His Public Communication Tatiana Weiser

20. Digital Media, Contentious Politics and Party Systems in Italy and Spain Víctor Sampedro and Lorenzo Mosca

21. The Detached Observer: On a Necessary Change to the Self-Image of Journalists in the Digital World Horst Pöttker

Part III: Communication and Media Research in Scientific and Social Practice

22. The Double Hermeneutics of Communication Research Klaus Bruhn Jensen

23. Fast-Capitalist Veils from Communication Theory for "The Public" and Its "Discourse" Ed McLuskie

24. Reframing the Paradox of Pluralism as a Communication Problem Robert T. Craig

25. New Technologies, Old Questions: The Enduring Issues of Communications Research Peter Golding

26. A Critical Perspective on the Post-Internet World Vincent Mosco

27. Communication Research: Resignation or Optimism? Cees Hamelink

28. On Human Communication Hamid Mowlana

29. Studying Political Economies of Communication in the Twenty-First Century Janet Wasko

30. Expanding the Epistemological Horizon: Institutionalised Visual Knowledge and Human Rights Sandra Ristovska

31. Researching Fake News: A Selective Examination of Empirical Studies Nicholas W. Jankowski

32. Gendering Media Policy Research and Communication Governance Claudia Padovani

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Slavko Splichal is Professor of Communication and Public Opinion in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and a fellow of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is Founder and Director of the European Institute for Communication and Culture and Editor of its journal Javnost - The Public.