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Original scientific paper

The internet as a virtual public sphere - Forums online and the limitations of an idea

Gil Baptista Ferreira ; Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, College of Eduacation, Portugal

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APA 6th Edition
Baptista Ferreira, G. (2010). The internet as a virtual public sphere - Forums online and the limitations of an idea. MediAnali, 4 (8), 1-10. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/65461
MLA 8th Edition
Baptista Ferreira, Gil. "The internet as a virtual public sphere - Forums online and the limitations of an idea." MediAnali, vol. 4, no. 8, 2010, pp. 1-10. https://hrcak.srce.hr/65461. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Baptista Ferreira, Gil. "The internet as a virtual public sphere - Forums online and the limitations of an idea." MediAnali 4, no. 8 (2010): 1-10. https://hrcak.srce.hr/65461
Harvard
Baptista Ferreira, G. (2010). 'The internet as a virtual public sphere - Forums online and the limitations of an idea', MediAnali, 4(8), pp. 1-10. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/65461 (Accessed 25 July 2021)
Vancouver
Baptista Ferreira G. The internet as a virtual public sphere - Forums online and the limitations of an idea. MediAnali [Internet]. 2010 [cited 2021 July 25];4(8):1-10. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/65461
IEEE
G. Baptista Ferreira, "The internet as a virtual public sphere - Forums online and the limitations of an idea", MediAnali, vol.4, no. 8, pp. 1-10, 2010. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/65461. [Accessed: 25 July 2021]

Abstracts
Taking as reference the deliberative democracy model, our aim is to assess the democratic potential of online discursive spaces to simultaneously characterize the communication observed within them. The main objective is to evaluate the promises and limitations of online forums, in an approach to technology that emphasizes the Internet as a platform for political participation, as a virtual public sphere. Considering the different types of uses that individuals make of these spaces, it seems that the online discussion forums do not meet the ideal requirements of the public sphere, suggesting explanations for online political apathy and lack of deliberative debate. We conclude with the prerequisites to tap into the Internet’s democratic potential in order to protect and encourage its opportunities for democratic deliberation.

Keywords
online; deliberative democracy; public sphere; communication; political participation

Hrčak ID: 65461

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/65461

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