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SMC103Y1 Lecture Notes - Deliberative Democracy

St. Michael's College Courses
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Jennifer Harris

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Monday, September 19, 2011
Jurgen Habermas and the public sphere
role of media in public sphere
idealized form of conversation based on good virtues of all as good citizens
citizens to overcome own self-interests -> people incapable
idealized motto imagining people to overcome self-interests
deliberative democracy
private & public life, certain virtues ARISTOTLE
public sphere special space set against power of state; state shouldn’t direct citizen
what to do
publicity of crown
mobility of public displays
public space opening up
twin requirements of capitalism
initial transformation of move into protocapitalism draws along requirements for rest...
materialism, emergence of middle class
questioning power of state
separation of medieval idea that only need to know power of king
story allows us to make sense of selves
printing press
people realizing necessarily public not needed?!?!1?1?1?1?!?1?
state interest of capitalism
open source: everyone can contribute
huge growth in numbers, unique hits, registered users, edits...
US Pilot Project 2010-2011
improve quality and quantity of soft article
improve credibility and reputation
promote as innovative tool for e-pedagogy
train future wikipedians
corporations, government, NGOs, universities, everyone
wiki: open source software allowing anyone to edit
new media literacy
traditional benefits: research & writing skills
exposure to Wikipedia Did You Know Awards, not just to prof, contribute info online
about topic
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