Global Public Sphere
The Public Sphere
How can we characterize the public sphere? It is an arena for debates and decisions open to everyone, either in person or through a chosen delegate, who would be significantly affected by the outcome of those debates and decisions. A community that debates and votes on a school levy has a public sphere. In contrast, an arena that excludes some who would be affected by its debates and decisions is part of the private sphere. Thus a family and a for-profit company belong to the private sphere.
But precisely what is it that is open to debate and decision in the public sphere? It is ultimately the design and execution of ideas affecting the society in which there is this arena for open discussion and decision. This leads to our asking whether there is any standard at work in these discussions and decisions about society? Without some standard there is no reason to have such an arena. We have a reason for the public sphere if the standard it uses is that its ideas and...
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