Facebook as a Digital Public Sphere: Processes of Colonization and Emancipation – Bjarki Valtysson

The first entry to Critical Media Review is somewhat fitting, in that the very idea for this blog was first discussed on a facebook page.  The entry links to an article in the latest issue of the journal ‘triple C’, entitled ‘Facebook as a Digital Public Sphere: Processes of Coloniszation and Emancipation’ by Bjarki Valtysson. The article discusses facebook in terms of Habermas’ public sphere as a process both of colonisation and a potential tool of emancipation. Colonisation as the private thoughts and lives of facebook users are constantly commoditised and sold onto third parties, and at the same time as a potential ‘emancipative media environment’ for rational critical debate.