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R(d)econstruction of Public and Private Concepts In The Digital Context of Social Network Consumption

Ivan Balabanić
University of Zagreb
Croatia

Marija Zelić
University of Zagreb
Croatia

Juergen Habermas, in his book Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (1962), defined the public sphere as an area of politics and public life in general where strangers exchange ideas, while the private sphere is a closed area in an individual's life that is only open to those who may enter it. Today, due to the mass use of social networks and digital platforms, the clear boundary between these two spheres has disappeared. The main aim of this paper is to analyze the contemporary phenomenon of the de(re)construction of the notions of private and public in the context of the mass use of social networks and digital platforms. In order to obtain an answer to the set objectives, a survey is conducted among a sample of 400 younger respondents (15-30 years old) through an online survey, using a convenient sample and a snowballing system to select the units in the sample.

 

 


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