Internet and the Public Sphere in South East Asia: Theorising the Electronic Public Sphere
The paper looks at how the Internet can operate as a different arena of counter-discourse in represssive countries. It looks at the symbolic notion of how political dissent on the Internet could serve as a 'discursive reality' which requires governments be aware of their existence and the discussions that happen within the electronic spaces and thus analyses the management of political communication. The paper also theorises how the electronic medium may lead to a two-tier public sphere in which local political content producers may be more controlled than those based abroad and commenting on politics in a given location.
Keywords: Internet, Public Sphere, Political Discourse, Political communication
Dr. Yasmin Ibrahim
Senior Lecturer, Computer, mathematics and information Sciences, University of Brighton