After a few months of writing and publishing articles, we should ask ourselves a simple question: what are we doing? What is the point of printing a magazine and maintaining this website? Multiple studies tell us that such a public sphere is in decline. There is no audience for this endeavour. Students want to party, not discuss politics. Moreover, there is no longer a space for people to freely converse about politics without this being hijacked by political party propaganda, advertisement or the NSA. At the most, we can arrive at some internet forum “discussion” where anonymous individuals type their immediate thoughts and resentments on the keyboard and where even the slightest disagreement leads to endless chains of insults and other misgivings. Everyone can relate to the depressing moment of reading the internet comments to a newspaper article. In order to speak clearly and elegantly at the Athenian city council, The Greek rhetorician Demosthenes practiced his debating skills by reciting his speeches to the roaring sea with a mouth full of pebbles. Today we are stuck with hundreds of people yelling at the ocean.
That is why we are proud to announce that we are starting a series about this problem. Out of a seminar with six students last semester arose six analyses of the troubles of the public sphere today and the hopes for a better future. While all six read the same texts, all of them arrived at very different results. We will introduce the series with the view of Irish student Colin Walsh. Feel free to comment, criticize or share. Welcome to the public sphere!