Habermas on the Internet and Social Media

March 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Uncategorized)

“The internet generates a centrifugal force. It releases an archaic wave of highly fragmented circuits of communication that infrequently overlap. Of course, the spontaneous and egalitarian nature of unlimited communication can have subversive effects under authoritarian regimes. But the web itself does not produce any public spheres. Its structure is not suited to focusing the attention of a dispersed public of citizens who form opinions simultaneously on the same topics and contributions which have been scrutinised and filtered by experts.”

—Quoted in Stuart Jeffries, Grand Hotel Abyss. (Verso, 2016)

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