Week 05, October 6

What is the “public sphere” and what is its relation to “ideology”?

Is it possible to have a free and equal discourse in the public sphere, given differences of power, wealth, and access to communication channels? Can the public sphere escape the influence of propaganda? Is the public sphere useful as an ideal or goal, or are its shortcomings too great to overcome?

Also: Midterm Project proposals are due! Please email them to me!

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