Information Technology Systems as Publics, by John Monberg
Key Tensions Defining Public
Drawing upon perspectives from social and political theory, the
term "public" can be considered to be defined and delimited by
four central tensions:
- The sphere of the public as distinguished from the sphere of the
private--the household, the non-political.
- The sphere of the
public as distinguished from the sphere of the market and private
- The sphere of the public as local and bounded--as
inside and outside boundaries demarcate individual, collective,
political, and geographic identities from the larger, external world.
- Universal standards for justice, rationality, and objectivity
versus specific, multiple, or fragmented standards.
These tensions can direct an