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August 4th, 2009

The Inherent Arbitrariness of the ‘News’ versus ‘Entertainment’ Distinction

Submitted by Michael X. Delli Carpini, University of Pennsylvania

I suspect that readers of this essay would agree that a functioning “public sphere,” supported by a vibrant, discursive “public culture,” and leading to “reasoned public choice” is a fundamental requisite of any truly democratic polity. I also suspect that there is a good deal less agreement on what we mean by the “public sphere,” [...]

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