9.29 - Notes Chapter 1, Starr Public Sphere - Open...

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Notes – Chapter 1, Starr Public Sphere - Open accessible information o Distribution mechanism - Communication about matters of general social concern o Really focusing on a certain kind of content that he’s talking about - Barriers to Developing a Public Sphere o Religion Norms can restrict content To the contrary: bible was the most published book o Licensing of printing presses Limit # of presses Limits the content (government could impose a sense of censorship on what could and couldn’t be printed) In 1965, licensing stopped in England Around the same time as ^^, France kept an even tighter control on print Starr calls licensing, “prepublication constraint” Because they are trying to control it before it even happens o High illiteracy (class-based) o Cost to printed materials, including government adding a stamp tax o Absence of a postal system o Absence of periodicals (time-sensitive) o Norms of secrecy and privilege re parliamentary matters At the end of the chapter, Starr says that a public sphere begins to evolve, but in a de facto
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course TEL 321 taught by Professor Cherry during the Fall '11 term at Indiana.

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9.29 - Notes Chapter 1, Starr Public Sphere - Open...

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