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Television and the Public Sphere
Citizenship, Democracy and the Media



August 1995 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this broad-ranging text, Peter Dahlgren clarifies the underlying theoretical concepts of civil society and the public sphere, and relates these to a critical analysis of the practice of television as journalism, as information and as entertainment. He demonstrates the limits and the possibilities of the television medium and the formats of popular journalism. These issues are linked to the potential of the audience to interpret or resist messages, and to construct its own meanings. What does a realistic understanding of the functioning and the capabilities of television imply for citizenship and democracy in a mediated age?
 
PART ONE: INITIAL HORIZONS
 
Mediating Democracy
 
Prismatic Television
 
Popular Television Journalism
 
PART TWO: SHIFTING FRAMES
 
Modern Contingencies
 
Communication and Subjectivity
 
Civil Society and Its Citizens
 
PART THREE: FLICKERING HOPES
 
Democratic Mediations?

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