Communication and Culture | Media, Culture and Politics
C445 | 3012 | Michael Kaplan

MW 4:00P-5:15P, TE F260

Professor: Michael Kaplan
Office: Mottier 209
Office Hours: by appointment
Phone: 6-1365

Democracy depends on some form of public deliberation. If the
citizens are to be sovereign, there must be a mechanism through
which they can collectively discuss, debate and determine the course
of action to be taken with regard to any given political issue or
public concern. Some form of public deliberation—of analyzing and
arguing together in full view of everyone—has therefore always been
presumed to be a basic feature of democratic culture. From the
Athenian agora and the Roman Senate to the New England town meeting
and C-Span, public deliberation has taken many different forms, each
of which not only has reflected a specific way of conceiving and
practicing democracy, but in turn influenced and transformed its
very meaning. In this class, we will try to understand what public
deliberation is and can be, whether and how it is practiced in the
U.S. today, and the ways in which its contemporary mediated forms
indicate and generate the unique features of twenty-first-century
democratic life.

Likely Readings:	
James Bohman	"What Is Public Deliberation? A Dialogical Account"
Kevin DeLuca	Selections from Image Politics
John Dewey	The Public and Its Problems
John Fiske	Media Matters: Race and Gender in U.S. Politics
Jürgen Habermas	Selections from The Structural Transformation of the
Public Sphere
Jürgen Habermas 	“The Public Sphere:  An Encyclopedia Article”
John Hartley	Selections from Popular Reality
John Thompson	Political Scandal: Power and Visibility in the Media
Michael Schudson	"Was There Ever a Public Sphere?"
James Schwoch	“Television News”

Course requirements will include one or two exams and one to three
papers of varying lengths, as well as graded attendance and