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From the Publisher"This is a deeply thoughtful book that asks a genuinely importantquestion—Do the new media empower us or do they trap us in ourown cocoons, cutting us off from meaningful contact with others? Papacharissi doesn't let the reader off easily. Insistently,beguilingly, she brings up uncomfortable issues—Why are blogsso narcissistic? What happens politically when YouTube goes beyondthe pale?—and she never settles for easy answers. If you careabout politics, if you care about modernity, read this book."
Roderick P. Hart, University of Texas at Austin
"Papacharissi is a pioneer in the study of democracy and how it is"practiced" in the digital age. A Private Sphere is a deep,thoughtful exploration of citizenship, information, and technologyat a moment of great fluidity. Anyone with an interest in how mediashape political culture would do well to engage the arguments ofthis terrific book."
Susan Herbst, Georgia Tech
"An thoughtful and thought-provoking book. Papacharissi's argumentthat the convergence of technology, practices and spaces is openinga private sphere as the locus for reworked modes of citizenship isan intriguing and important one. Read this book!"
Charles Whitney, Northwestern University