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Digital Public Discourses: An analysis of Newsmill.se as a forum for civic participation.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2017-1117
2009 (English)In: Mediated Citizenship: Political Information and Participation in Europe, 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Newsmill.se, launched as a commercial enterprise in 2008, is a Swedish example of an online public space, intended for civic debates about selected topics for the day. The idea behind the site, according to their presentation, is to be the ”first social media” to focus on ”news and debate”. The motto reads: ”Our readers know more than we do”, and the aim is to introduce a new, transparent, democratic and interactive way of working with news by ”opening up the editorial board and inviting the readers to participate in an immediate way”. Newsmill.se is an interesting example of an experiment, merging the logic of a commercial media outlet, financed by advertising, with the logic of the ”virtual Agora”, in the web 2.0 context. Newsmill.se is not politically, ideologically or religiously labelled, and the setting therefore invites discussions between people who do not already have the same opinions.

In this paper, I use theories about the public sphere and current research about public deliberation on the internet as a basis for a critical discussion about Newsmill.se as an example of a social media in the emerging digital public-sphere.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009.
Keywords [en]
Web 2.0, social media, the public sphere, Newsmill.se, digital public discourses, deliberation, participation, collective intelligence, rhetorics of participatory culture.
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-10152Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-10152DiVA, id: diva2:273435
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Mediated Citizenship:Political Information and Participation in Europe
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Digital Public DiscoursesAvailable from: 2009-10-21 Created: 2009-10-21 Last updated: 2009-11-16Bibliographically approved

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