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英文原书详细信息

书名Habermas and the Media

作者Hartmut Wessler

出版时间2018

总页数210

本书内容介绍

Habermas sets out to tackle some of the most fundamental problems of social theory. His works aim at understanding the nature of human agency and the capacity of societies to learn, and in doing so they strive to integrate a lot of prior research from other authors. Fortunately, Habermas is also a public intellectual who contributes regularly to public debates in Germany and beyond, so that he is well aware of the difficulties posed by academic jargon. Therefore, his texts are sometimes spiced with metaphors that illuminate complex matters. One example is the idea already mentioned that civil society puts the political system “under siege.” Another is the idea of “sluices” through which citizens’ concerns must be channeled in order to be heard in the centers of political power. Or consider the “osmosis” by which arguments from one arena of public debate permeate into adjacent arenas so as to create a common, border-spanning discussion that transcends the parochial horizons of ever-recurring, familiar positions. Wherever possible, I will use such welcome figurative entry points in this book to explain Habermas’s ideas and the debates around them.

The first three chapters of this book trace the development of Habermas’s media-related thinking over the past fifty-five years. Chapter 1 starts with the Structural transformation of the public sphere, discusses its critics and describes the revisions Habermas offered in 1992. In chapter 2 the notion of communicative action is explained, discussed in relation to the media and contextualized in the overall architecture of Habermas’s Theory of communicative action. Chapter 3 identifies the role Habermas foresees for the media in a deliberative democracy as presented in Between facts and norms and “Political communication in media society.”

Chapters 4 to 7 then proceed to offer alternatives to, extensions of, and debates surrounding Habermas’s thinking. In chapter 4 I sketch three normative rivals of Habermas’s model of deliberative democracy, namely the liberal, the republican, and the agonistic models of democracy, as well as Habermas’s response to each. Chapter 5 systematizes the research that has used the concept of deliberativeness to empirically assess the quality of news and discussion media. I focus on quality newspapers, television news, Twitter, and political blogs, and show which of these forums offers the strongest potential for deliberative exchanges of ideas. The result is surprising. Chapter 6 goes one step further and scrutinizes non-deliberative media content such as satire, mediated protest, and public rituals. I search for the contributions that these forms of public communication can make to genuine societal discussion and learning, even though they are not deliberative themselves. In chapter 7, finally, I consider conceptual debates about how counterpublics and mediated activism should be conceived and offer a nascent perspective on the role of emotions in mediated deliberation.

The concluding chapter aims at pointing to fruitful routes for future media and communication scholarship inspired by Habermas’s thinking. His distinctive contribution to the field lies in insisting that mediated communication must remain bound to the project of societal self-emancipation and selfregulation – even in times of increasing commercialization, growing political apathy, and populism. How this bond can be renewed is one of the most exciting and pressing issues for contemporary media and communication research.

One final disclaimer may be in order before we embark on the journey. My aim in this book is to provide something like a Habermas-inspired companion for scholars and students of media and communication. In the later chapters of this book I will highlight what I perceive to be the most pressing and promising issues: securing a reasonable level of deliberative quality in the news and discussions we expose ourselves to; ensuring that non-deliberative media content not only is enjoyable, but contributes new ideas and perspectives to meaningful public debate; and reconciling authentic mediated expression of experience and grievance with a productive mutual engagement that signals respect and helps to substantively address those grievances. In short, I look through the “media lens” when I recount and work with Habermas’s theoretical oeuvre. This means that I will not necessarily cover those topics at length that Habermas has written about most recently: the future of European and global governance or the role of religion in public life, for example (for an overview see Jacobson 2017). This is partly due to the fact that I study both transnational public spheres and media debates on religion and secularism in separate projects and publications (see Wessler et al. 2008; Brüggemann and Wessler 2014; Wessler, Rinke, and Löb 2016). But the main reason is of course that this book is not called “Habermas today,” but “Habermas and the media.” So, here we go.


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