5 The Digital Transformation of the Political Public Sphere: a Sociological Perspective [chapter]

Bernard Enjolras, Kari Steen-Johnsen, Fredrik Engelstad, Håkon Larsen, Jon Rogstad, Kari Steen-Johnsen
2017 Institutional Change in the Public Sphere  
If the idea of the public sphere is central to the modern conception of democracy, contemporary political theorists have disagreed about both the nature of the public sphere and the assessment of its performance in complex societies. In this essay, we develop an institutional perspective on the contemporary political public sphere through the specific lens of transformations that are spurred by digitalization and in particular by the development of social networking sites (SNSs) and show how
more » ... Ss) and show how this perspective is applicable to ongoing changes in the Norwegian public sphere. We argue that the development and increasing usage and popularity of SNSs enabling decentralized and low-cost access to information production, interactive communication centred on a social graph and information propagation through a digitally empowered social network has transformed the social organization, the symbolic structure and the func
doi:10.1515/9783110546330-006 fatcat:yh4wpypx4bhyziqektzrn3bsv4