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The Dream that Refuses to Come True: - About Internet and its Possibilities to be a Medium for Public Spheres in the Philippines
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and communication science.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose with this thesis is divided. First, it is to examine the online information traffic trends related to political communication and if the Internet is considered to be under surveillance. Second, it is to examine if the Internet can be regarded as a medium for Public Spheres. The thesis only focuses on the Philippines and takes the approach of the Internet users with focus on young Filipinos that are engaged citizens in the society.   


The method of the study has been qualitative semi-structured interviews. A total amount of eight interviews have been conducted.


Using Bordewijk’s and Van Kaams model and terminology, the study’s results show that the users exhibit strong allocution and consolation trends but vaguer conversation and registration trends. The Internet was not thought to be under surveillance or monitored. Internet does not work as a medium for creating one holistic, or several smaller, Public Spheres in the Philippines today – foremost due to the harsh Internet environment that for example includes cyber bulling. 

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2013. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Public Sphere
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23536OAI: diva2:699239
Available from: 2014-02-27 Created: 2014-02-26 Last updated: 2014-02-27Bibliographically approved

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