It would have been contribution enough to finally supply the English-speaking world with a primer on Habermass thinking about the role of media in the public sphere. Yet Wessler goes further. That he manages to make this book accessible for students, while retaining its relevance for scholars, is astounding. A tour de force. Scott Althaus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Wessler demonstrates his solid grasp of Habermass oeuvre and reveals its importance for scholarly research and democracy. His exemplary presentation makes the book a pedagogical masterpiece, worthy of many, many readers. Jostein Gripsrud, University of Bergen "well-written and accessible" European Journal of Communication
Hartmut Wessler is Professor in the Institute for Media and Communication at the University of Mannheim.
Acknowledgments List of Figures and Tables Introduction Chapter 1: The Bourgeois Public Sphere and its Critics Chapter 2: Nurturing Communicative Action Chapter 3: Media for Deliberative Democracy Chapter 4: Mediated Public Spheres Chapter 5: Deliberative Qualities of News and Discussion Media Chapter 6: Non-Deliberative Media Discourse Chapter 7: Counterpublics and the Role of Emotions Conclusion References Index