Comments on: Hungary’s revolution and the Arab Spring Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dafydd Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:59:45 +0000 ‘the communication revolution had created a “fragmentation of the public space.” Instead of all of us being part of a single public debate’

I don’t buy this. What the communication revolution has done is widen participation in the public debate massively. Previously you had to have the wherewithall to buy a newspaper and write to the editor. That was the best you could manage and it was pretty much invisible. It was totally invisible to people who read a different newpaper, or no paper at all.

Now opinions of all stripes can be posted on sites like this and many, many others.

People will read a paper on line they would not buy in a million years. Meaning we are less, rather than more, likely to read only things that confirm our own biases.

This wider body of opinion is much harder to incorporate in to a “common civic space” because it is much wider.

It is a diminution of the power of the elite. ‘Civil society’ is now everyone on facebook and twitter.