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Christopher Buckman
Indiana University Kokomo
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Lack of high-speed internet access remains a problem in the United States, particularly in rural areas, Tribal lands, and the U.S. territories. High-speed internet should be considered a basic right because it connects people to social media, the new public sphere. Critics worry about the politically polarizing effects of online social media, but its ability to unify, connect, and shape policy decisions should also be taken into account. Engaging with Jürgen Habermas’s early work on the public sphere, I argue that the technical and cultural extension of access to social media can realize Kant’s vision of the public sphere as a bridge between morality and politics.
Keywords social media  public sphere  Habermas  Kant
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