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The aesthetic public sphere and the transformation of criticism

Roberge, Jonathan (2011). The aesthetic public sphere and the transformation of criticism Social Semiotics , vol. 21 , nº 3. p. 435-453. DOI: 10.1080/10350330.2011.564393.

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This article argues that criticism is fundamental for understanding how culture and politics shape the ambiguous self-interpretation of society. An initial exploration of Habermas's theory of the public sphere reveals that it is inadequately cultural. An alternative is thus offered by discussing the work of Jacobs, and especially his concept of an “aesthetic public sphere”. His insight that nothing is too trivial when it comes to broadening the limits of the public sphere prompts scholars to take into consideration the positive as well as negative aspects of criticism. As a cultural mediation, criticism is shaped by a struggle for recognition that gives rise to the interpretation of its own crisis. The purpose of the article, however, is to propose a more balance account of such predicament. By discussing online criticism, the rise of the “prosumer” and user-generated content, it is argued that there is now a new battle for authority and legitimacy undergoing. This creates the potential for the democratization of criticism, even though this potential has great chance to remain within an inescapable democratic tension.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: culture politique; sphère publique esthétique; institution de la critique; crise de la critique; internet; contenus générés par les utilisateurs; critiques de films et d'émissions de télévision
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 11 déc. 2019 21:22
Dernière modification: 11 déc. 2019 21:22
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/8955

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