The way in which people connect to the public differentiates within a profound media-centric environment. There are a variety of communication forms – beside the already established form of mass communication – which are entirely focused on specific public spheres and linked to specific roles. A few of the new forms are perceived positively, for instance increased opportunities for participation and a greater variety. However, some forms are also viewed as negative, such as the fragmentation and the dissolution of boundaries concerning privacy and the public. How do these individual repertoires of public connection contribute to the change of publics? The project aims to reconstruct individual practices of public connection and their significance for communicative figurations of public spheres.
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