Javier Ruiz Soler

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    Reactions to Juncker’s State of the Union speech show the difficulties in creating a European public sphere online

Reactions to Juncker’s State of the Union speech show the difficulties in creating a European public sphere online

Can platforms like Twitter facilitate the creation of a European public sphere? Based on an analysis of tweets during Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘State of the Union 2016’ speech, Javier Ruiz-Soler outlines how Twitter can be conceived of as a ‘networked public sphere’ in which citizens have the potential to engage in a more democratic and participative form of political conversation. […]

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The Euroblogosphere has great potential to contribute to the European public sphere, but it is currently restricted by a lack of deep debate and the dominance of English.

The Euroblogosphere now consists of many hundreds of blogs, all commenting on different aspects of Europe, its politics and policies. But are blogs in Europe part of a European Public Sphere? Using interviews with European bloggers, Javier Ruiz Soler finds that despite the seeming lack of deep level debate and the over presence of English, blogging is a growing contributor […]

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