Context Collapse

Salon Series: The Digital Transformation of the Public Sphere

February 22, 2024

Program: In the next salon, we are delighted to welcome Michael Reiss. Michael has studied economics and sociology in Heidelberg, Vienna, and London, and recently defended his doctoral dissertation on contemporary news consumption at the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. In his dissertation (which you can find here), he explores and discusses how citizens keep themselves politically informed and what role news plays in this process. For Context Collapse, Michael will talk about The Relevance of a Public Sphere in Democracies and the Role of Increasingly Fragmented Patterns of News Consumption and Related Practices. Against the backdrop of increasing news avoidance, Michael Reiss argues that other ways of communication and information, such as interpersonal communication or fictional movies, should be considered more prominently when it comes to how people form political opinions or evaluate political issues.

Date and time: February 22, at 7 p.m. The official part of the event normally takes around two hours and will be followed by some informal drinks.

Location: Leibniz-Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institute, Rothenbaumchaussee 36, 20148 Hamburg.

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Call for contributions: Can you see yourself providing a short input as a basis for discussion? The success of the format is dependent on your contributions, and we are looking forward to your thoughts, insights, and perspectives!