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In: Der Essay als Universalgattung des Zeitalters
In: Theorietheorie
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in Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit Online


German everyday life around 1800 is dominated by the representative public sphere of the ancien régime, rather than by a critical or bourgeois public sphere. While formally, the representative public sphere with its hierarchies, its dos and don’ts, is eminently suited for frank – parrhesiastic –transgression, in fact it is powerfully opposed to it and prevents it.

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Recent developments in digital network communication suggest that the distinction between public and private has become precarious. This situation warrants a closer look at the infrastructures and practices of making things public. What can we learn about the public sphere by studying how, exactly, it is being produced? What constitutes the threshold between public and private, and how does one pass it? Which medial, social, rhetorical, and political practices and semantics, which modes of cooperation are involved in acts of publishing? The introduction critically re-examines 20th-century theories of the public sphere in light of these questions.

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In: Sprache und Literatur