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Kees Brants - Chapter Four. The Demise of a Deliberative Dream? Challenging the Mission of Public Service Broadcasting in Europe
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Chapter Four. The Demise of a Deliberative Dream? Challenging the Mission of Public Service Broadcasting in Europe
Like so many political morality tales, this one is about democracy and how, in a globalized world, with the economy in a state of collapse and citizens more and more distrusting authorities in general and the political elite in particular, a platform for equal and meaningful deliberation seems ever so necessary. The more direct a democracy, the more vital is public deliberation for opinion formation and collective decision making. For individual citizens to actively participate, knowledge through (permanent) education is a precondition, because it allows for an informed citizenry which can engage in synergetic and meaningful discussion. Having equal access to deliberation, sharing arguments on the basis of a critical and rational debate, discussing openly a plurality of points of view with mutual understanding and the common interest in mind, and learning from each other’s ideas by being open to them, all these qualities resonate with the ideas of the Enlightenment.
Central to the modern versions of the deliberative model of democracy is often the notion of the public sphere, especially as developed and propagated by Jürgen Habermas in his influential Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit (1962), which twenty seven years after its German publication was translated as the Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (1989). In the English language, the book and concept went on to conquer the western...
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