The Ongoing Transformation of the Digital Public Sphere: Basic Considerations on a Moving Target

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The Ongoing Transformation of the Digital Public Sphere: Basic Considerations on a Moving Target


  • Emiliana De Blasio Centre for Conflict and Participation Studies, LUISS University, Italy
  • Marianne Kneuer Institute of Social Sciences, University of Hildesheim, Germany
  • Wolf Schünemann Institute of Social Sciences, University of Hildesheim, Germany
  • Michele Sorice Centre for Conflict and Participation Studies, LUISS University, Italy


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Abstract:  The recent decades more than anything else have revealed the ambivalence not only of the articulated expectations about the digital public sphere but also of the ‘real’ development itself. This thematic issue of Media and Communication highlights some of the criticalities and specificities of the evolution of the public sphere during this period where digital communication ecosystems are becoming increasingly central. The different articles offer a polyphonic perspective and thus contribute significantly to the debate on the transformations of the public sphere, which—in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic—dramatically affect the very essence of our democracy.

Keywords:  crisis; democracy; digital ecosystems; digital media; platforms; politics; post-public sphere; public sphere

Published:   8 October 2020


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v8i4.3639


© Emiliana De Blasio, Marianne Kneuer, Wolf Schünemann, Michele Sorice. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.