Intellectual Scaffolding: On Peter Dahlgren's Theorization of Television and the Public Sphere
32 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2015
Date Written: April 1, 2006
In this working paper, the author's goal is to revisit Habermasian public sphere theory by first discussing its strengths and weaknesses in the context of today’s (western European) television landscape. The author then moved on to exploring one reconceptualization of television as a public sphere, that of the Swedish scholar Peter Dahlgren (1995 & 2005). Finally, the author elaborated and further developed those key aspects of Dahlgren’s model that was consider particularly relevant for rethinking the public sphere of today.
Keywords: Dahlgren, Habermasian, television, public sphere
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