Media 3 - February 16, 2012 Newspapers and the Public...

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February 16, 2012 Newspapers and the Public Sphere “The Press” Print and the Public Sphere Newspapers contributed to the rise of “public opinion” (concept in English, 1781) Jurgen Habermas 1962, defined “the public sphere ” as a site of “making public” – an arena in which public debate takes place (dating to 18 th century Europe) “The public sphere is any space in which matters of public significance are discussed, and in which the outcome is decided by the quality of the argument alone.” (Habermas) Nerone: potential for “manufacturing of opinion” by newspapers (234) Before Newspapers New was exchanged by storytellers, ballad singers, peddlers, merchants, and travelling entertainers Market-places, taverns Pamphlets In France and Germany in the 16 th century, est. 30 pamphlets produced each year Unlike newspapers, pamphlets did not appear regularly Content: government decrees, religious tracts, descriptions of natural disasters History of Newspapers in Europe Late 16 th century: “ periodical publications Germany 1609: printed weeklies or “ corantos ”: compilations of news
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