Public sphere 2.0? The democratic qualities of citizen debates in online newspapers

Carlos Ruiz, David Domingo, Josep Lluís Micó, Javier Díaz-Noci, Koldo Meso, Pere Masip

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Comments in online news could be the contemporary enactment of the eighteenth-century cafés that founded public sphere. This article assesses to what extent do these forms of digital discussion fit in Habermas' principles for democratic debate, using his discursive ethics as a demanding normative benchmark. The sample of more than 15,000 comments was selected from the online versions of five national newspapers of record from different political and journalistic contexts: The Guardian (United Kingdom), Le Monde (France), The New York Times (United States), El País (Spain), and La Repubblica (Italy). The ethical guidelines and legal frameworks set up by the newspapers as well as their moderation strategies were considered to understand the different settings of the conversations. Two models of audience participation emerge from the analysis, one where communities of debate are formed based on mostly respectful discussions between diverse points of view and another of homogenous communities, in which expressing feelings about current events dominates the contributions and there is less of an argumentative debate.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)463-487
Nombre de pàgines25
RevistaInternational Journal of Press/Politics
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - d’oct. 2011


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