Blogging for democracy: deliberation, autonomy, and reasonableness in the blogosphere
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Vol. 12, No. 3, pg. 443-468.
John W. Maynor
This paper critically examines the rising popularity of blogging in the
US as a new kind of public space that has the potential to extend and
deepen the way in which we interact and engage each other in political
discourse. To proponents of deliberative democracy these moves are
promising since they seem to point to the development of vibrant online
public forums where political issues can be freely and openly debated.
In this paper I evaluate this promise and ask whether or not blogging
is consistent with the main theoretical tenets of deliberative
democracy. My argument is that, despite some shortcomings, there is
significant potential for the blogosphere to develop into a meaningful
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