The Role of Journalism within the current Digital Public Sphere(s)

Dagoula, C., 27-Sep-2018.

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The current technological advancements, and especially the emergence of social media, pose questions about the value, the sufficiency and the sustainability of Habermas’ theory in a digital epoch. By developing a theoretical framework
that discusses the concepts of the public sphere, democracy and journalism, and by concentrating common ground, participation, this work focuses specifically on the role of various media actors in political dialogue during elections and
argues for a new perception of the Habermasian theory. As such, it regards the public sphere through a different prism, that of its duality: as a concept with a normative and a pragmatic side. For this conceptualization it relies on the deep
interrelation of the three concepts.

It this context, the work proposes that the structural transformations of the (digital) public sphere(s) and its manifestations on Twitter are affected by two factors: the role of the press within the platform, and the current political and financial setting. Subsequently, the empirical research looks into the General Elections of 2015 in the United Kingdom and contributes to the development of appropriate empirical research methodologies, so as to shed light on the use of this popular platform by traditional media, net-native media and journalists, as well as to audiences’ level of responsiveness. The empirical research relies on the principles of digital ethnography and presents a hybrid model of mixed methods approach, consisting of extensive Twitter research on media actors’ accounts and on the electoral hashtags; and of interviews with journalists. The
current paper, which emerges out of a wider PhD study, looks into the first factor: the role of the press, in other words, of the journalistic use of Twitter during the elections and in political dialogue, through the perceptions (as these are examined in the academic scholarship), the self-perceptions (interviews) and the reality (Twitter use) and its effect on the public sphere theory.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27-Sep-2018
Event#AMIRetreat2018: Media, Polis, Agora: Journalism & Communication in the digital era - Helexpo, Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 27-Sep-201830-Sep-2018




#AMIRetreat2018: Media, Polis, Agora: Journalism & Communication in the digital era


Thessaloniki, Greece

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