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An Aspect of the Culture of the Public Sphere in U.S.: The Analysis of Online Public Forums in Local Online Newspapers.

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The field of communication tends to consider the concept of public sphere as a source for the democratic process within a society. However, the pragmatic attitude about the concept should be incorporated with the understanding of the conditions of the public sphere in the society since the clarification of the concept requires “a systematic comprehension of our own society” (Habermas, 1962, p.5). Current study, thus, aims to understand the social conditions and the culture of the public sphere in U.S. through the analysis of the online public forums in twenty-five local online newspapers. In addition to the identification of three aspects of the online forum, we explore to describe the forms and uses of the online forums in the local online newspapers across U.S. Findings of the study show that the forms and uses of the online forums in the local newspapers might be shaped by the institutional relations of the companies with their mother-corporations. In addition, the analysis also indicates that the forms and uses of the forum might be characterized as closed structures of the forums constraining user participation.

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Chae, Young-Gil. "An Aspect of the Culture of the Public Sphere in U.S.: The Analysis of Online Public Forums in Local Online Newspapers." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton New York, New York City, NY, <Not Available>. 2009-05-25 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p13770_index.html>

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Chae, Y. "An Aspect of the Culture of the Public Sphere in U.S.: The Analysis of Online Public Forums in Local Online Newspapers." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton New York, New York City, NY Online <PDF>. 2009-05-25 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p13770_index.html

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Abstract: The field of communication tends to consider the concept of public sphere as a source for the democratic process within a society. However, the pragmatic attitude about the concept should be incorporated with the understanding of the conditions of the public sphere in the society since the clarification of the concept requires “a systematic comprehension of our own society” (Habermas, 1962, p.5). Current study, thus, aims to understand the social conditions and the culture of the public sphere in U.S. through the analysis of the online public forums in twenty-five local online newspapers. In addition to the identification of three aspects of the online forum, we explore to describe the forms and uses of the online forums in the local online newspapers across U.S. Findings of the study show that the forms and uses of the online forums in the local newspapers might be shaped by the institutional relations of the companies with their mother-corporations. In addition, the analysis also indicates that the forms and uses of the forum might be characterized as closed structures of the forums constraining user participation.

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