The Public Sphere (IV)

The public sphere should be the centre of rational debate, but it has become a spectacle for a stultified populace. How did it come to this and what is to be done? Our guiding thread will be Jürgen Habermas’s The structural transformation of the public sphere. To examine the troubles of the public we need…

The Public Sphere (III)

I. The pub(lic sphere) Imagine for a moment a small pub on a Friday evening. A group of friends sit around a table sharing stories of their busy work week, chuckling and smiling while sipping on their well-deserved beers. Meanwhile, a muted television screen broadcasting a local news channel hangs above the group of friends…

Why nothing is done about climate change

Disaster is a natural part of my evolution, toward tragedy and dissolution.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club These are apocalyptic times. We are already acquainted with the inconvenient truths concerning climate change. Pollution, overpopulation, deforestation, etc. are making Earth into a ticking time bomb. Yet even when the evidence is overwhelming and catastrophe certain, there…