The words spoken by a global talk show host within the public sphere.
Jurgen Habermas was the man behind the notion of a ‘public sphere’. The concept came from the idea of the 18th century coffee houses, where citizens would meet up and deliberate matters of the day and issues that concerned them. The ‘mediated public sphere’ denotes media as the initial form of communicating within the public sphere. Time has moved on a number of raised concerns have been made about the medias role within the public sphere. Individuals have used the media as a platform to raise issues of society as well as using it to make a profit, rather than focus on more ‘serious issues‘, like financial markets. The media has now produced shows, magazines, blogs, etc. looking into the subject matters of personal lives, relationships and uncovering moral issues. The idea of being surrounded by numerous of perspectives and topics, has allowed individuals to be more aware of issues surrounding society today.
Ellen Degenres is an international talk show host, who has her own show. Her talk show is not only fun and uplifting, but raises a lot of issues within society. One major one is her sexuality. When the show started, gays were not accepted within society.
JCP pulled the adds of her when she first came out as being a lesbian and now times have changed. She is currently the spokes person for JCP. There was even a death threat towards her. The media became a form / way of attacking her, Jerry Falwell was an American Radio talk show host and a pastor who personally attacked Ellen because of this issue.
Although the media doesn’t just focus on issues like the financial markets, it now has become a platform for awareness, regarding personal issues, relationships and topics which have caused a stir within the public sphere . Especially when we have moved from a monologic to dialogic society.