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LIS 950: Libraries and community

The purpose of this seminar is to explore an important topic in library and information studies in depth — in all its intertwined historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects — through a graduate reading/discussion seminar. The topic varies each time the course is taught; this time around, we will focus on "libraries and community"

Thursday, November 03, 2005

For Habermas' "Public Sphere"

  1. According to the definition of the “pubic sphere” in the second paragraph, are there any internal forces or pressures within a public sphere? Can certain interaction between individuals or subgroups in a public sphere create internal pressures? Does this form internal pressures? How can interaction among individuals or subgroups alter or constrain others?
  2. How can we differentiate “dialog” from “communication” or “interaction”, or are they the same?
  3. How might individuals’ dialog be influenced by or have influences on the ongoing and stimulating dialogs of others?

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