Work-in-progress: Social news sites in models of democracy

This table – incomplete and very much under construction – sums up the normative connection between 3 democratic traditions and social news sites, as seen through an analytical framework developed by Peter Dahlgren.

Liberal-individualist democracy

Communitarian-republican democracy

Deliberative democracy

Structure

Ownership and business model: enabling openness

Accessibility to users

Enabling a meaningful diversity of sources

Structural openness – with means of editorial control

Ownership and business model: enabling openness

Accessibility to users

Fragmentation and centralization 

Enabling a meaningful diversity of sources

Structural openness – with means of editorial control

Ownership and business model: enabling openness

Accessibility to users

Minimal fragmentation 

Enabling a meaningful diversity of sources

Structural openness – with means of editorial control

Representation

Meaningful diversity of contents

Meaningful diversity of sources

Informational quality (reliability, (im)partiality) 

Meaningful diversity of contents

Meaningful diversity of sources

Informational quality (reliability, (im)partiality) 

Promoting / enabling activism and political participation 

Meaningful diversity of contents

Meaningful diversity of sources

Informational quality (reliability, (im)partiality) 

Expression of competing views and disagreement

Reflexivity 

Interactivity 

Interactivity (between citizens and social news sites as media organs)

Meaningful interaction (potential and actual) 

Meaningful interaction (potential and actual) 

Meaningful interaction (potential and actual) 

Interactivity (among users of social news sites)

work in progress

work in progress

 

work in progress

 

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