1_7_09 Historical Origins of the Press

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Historical Origins of the Press: The Emergence and Disappearance of the Free Press
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Concepts The Public Sphere (Habermas) Public spaces where private citizens come together to discuss and deliberate over the most important issues of the day. Depends on access to accurate and independent information and it autonomous from the state. Through deliberation, or “rational critical discussion” citizens are able to form public opinion or “the general will.” This framework is also known as the basis for deliberative democracy .
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The Creation of the Media What is Starr’s overall argument regarding the emergence of a “de facto” public sphere in Europe in the 17 th and 18 th centuries? What were the key independent variables diving the creation of a more independent media and societal discussion of politics? Capitalist development Domestic political contestation Internationalization of print production Social development – education and literacy
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Traditional View of Public Information How did British elites view the ability of “citizens” to learn about and discuss politics and matters of state? “not themes or subjects fit for vulgar persons or
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2010 for the course PSCI 0413 taught by Professor Lewis during the Winter '10 term at Middlebury.

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