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Media and Public Spheres, now available in paperback, presents empirical studies of print, recorded music, movies, radio, television and the Internet that reveal how media structure public spheres as well as how people use media to participate in the public sphere. They explore the nature of public spheres, how they are deliberative, egalitarian, exclusive or alternative, and the dilemmas that each of these present. The studies include cases of media, present and past, in North America, Europe and Asia.

The contributors are from the US, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Australia and China. They are familiar with varied media and political systems and span a wide array of scholarly fields, including communication and media studies, political science, sociology, psychology and history.


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Media and Public Spheres, now available in paperback, presents empirical studies of print, recorded music, movies, radio, television and the Internet that reveal how media structure public spheres as well as how people use media to participate in the public sphere. They explore the nature of public spheres, how they are deliberative, egalitarian, exclusive or alternative, and the dilemmas that each of these present. The studies include cases of media, present and past, in North America, Europe and Asia.

The contributors are from the US, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Australia and China. They are familiar with varied media and political systems and span a wide array of scholarly fields, including communication and media studies, political science, sociology, psychology and history.


Reviews


'Richard Butsch's collection of thoughtful interventions in public sphere media criticism reminds us of the value of the work of Habermas, his descendants, and his dissenters. Taken together, these essays interrogate key concepts behind public sphere theory and its uses over the last twenty years, across a variety of historical and contemporary situations. This is a timely and insightful book with relevance not only to media studies but to a wide sphere of disciplines concerned with democracy, deliberation, and civil society.' - Michele Hilmes, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, Department of Communication Arts and Director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

'A welcome antidote to the simplistic lamentations about the death of the public sphere and the uncritical celebrations of a new age of mediated democracy. The essays in Richard Butsch's Media and Public Spheres presuppose no such conclusions, instead they explore and examine, in all their complexity, how contemporary media engender or retard public debate and democratic participation. A very valuable collection.' - Stephen Duncombe, Associate Professor of The History and Politics of Media and Culture, New York University, USA

'This book brings together interesting, challenging and thought-provoking approaches to the empirical and theoretical appreciation of the public sphere. The contributors offer astute and insightful analyses of a wide range of expressions of public spheres, prompting us to look at unsuspected places and listen to unacknowledged voices that embody the promise for citizens' connection, participation, awareness and action. This is an important contribution to the debates in the field.'  - Katharine Sarikakis, Senior Lecturer in Communications Policy and Director of the Centre for International Communications Research, University of Leeds, UK


Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: How Are Media Public Spheres?; R.Butsch
Can the Mass Media Deliberate? Insights from Print Media and Political Talk Shows; H.Wessler & T.Schultz
Connection or Disconnection? Tracking the Mediated Public Sphere in Everyday Life; N.Couldry, S.Livingstone & T.Markham
The Local Public Sphere as a Networked Place; L.Friedland & C.Long with Y.J.Shin & N.Kim
Public Sphere and Publicness: Sport Audiences and Political Discourse; C.Sandvoss
A Necessary Profession for the Modern Age? Nineteenth Century News, Journalism and the Public Sphere; H.Örnebring
'They Just Make Sense': Tabloid Newspapers as an Alternative Public Sphere; S.Johansson
Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting: The Historical Limits to Publicness; M.Bailey
Digital Radio and the Diminution of the Public Sphere; S.Lax
On Becoming the Media: Low Power FM and the Alternative Public Sphere; J.Z.Schiller
Representing the Public of the Cinema's Public Sphere; S.Shimpach
The Psychedelic Public and Its Problems: Rock Music Festivals and Civil Society in the Sixties Counterculture; M.Kramer
Popular Culture and the Public Sphere: Currents of Feeling and Social Control in Talk Shows and Reality TV; P.Lunt & M.Pantti
The Revolution Will Be Televised: Free Speech TV, Democratic Communication and the Public Sphere; T.Fraley
Lost in Space: Television's Missing Publics; V.Nightingale
From Public Sphere to Civic Culture: Young Citizen's Internet Use; P.Dahlgren & T.Olsson
Blurring Boundaries in a 'Cyber Greater China': Are Internet Bulletin Boards Constructing the Public Sphere in China?; Y.Wu
References
Index


Authors

RICHARD BUTSCH is Professor of Sociology, American Studies and Film and Media Studies at Rider University, USA. He is the author of The Citizen Audience (2008) and The Making of American Audiences from Stage to Television, 1750-1990 (2000).