Monthly Archives: September 2018

who/what is the deserving public?

I’m very interested in the term deserving public. Who, I wonder, has the power, energy, and time to “order the relations of rights and responsibilities amongst different actors and agencies?” (722) At first, I assumed the deserving public were those … Continue reading

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Potential Space

I’m still thinking a lot about space this week, and particularly the active potential of neutral or even “negative” spaces. I think there are a lot of connections to be made from last week’s Barrett reading that are now translated … Continue reading

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Presentation on 9.26

Dear all, this is the Powerpoint for our presentation today. You are welcomed to check out the links in it if you like! museum and the public Enjoy the rest of the week!

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Public and mission

Reading various perspectives on what the public is, and who we mean when we say “the public” or “our public” brings up questions of mission–each institution has capacity and potential particular to its mission and scope, which define the public … Continue reading

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Museums and Modernity

Given Habermas’s reliance on discourses of democracy in his discussion of the “public sphere,” I am interested in thinking through museums and “the public” through the lens of democracy, citizenship, and Western modernity. Barrett describes the emergence of the 18th … Continue reading

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Why couldn’t the “public” be more than about people?

Barrett carefully discussed the changing concept of “public” or “public sphere”throughout the book–from a universalized public to a public refined by the community which is seen as a process rather than a common being. However, no matter how the concept … Continue reading

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Naming the ‘public’

As I’ve looked through blog posts I’ve noticed that as a group we have overwhelmingly decided to not discuss Habermas and Warner’s discussions of the history of the development of the public sphere and what it is. I wonder if … Continue reading

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How to define the/a public? And what matters most?

As time goes by, the definition of the phrase “public” has changed drastically. In chapter 4 of Museum and the Public Sphere, Barret’s quoting of Bataille showcases the change in definition of the word “public.” With the development of technology, … Continue reading

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Where does social media fit into the public sphere?

Like Ryan and Taylor, my thoughts quickly turned to social media after reading the Warner and Habermas pieces. Clearly, social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook blur the already murky definition of “private sphere,” “a public,” and “the public.” How … Continue reading

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publics / space / surveillance

In considering this week’s prompt, “what are your assumptions about ‘public’ and the way this term is defined/used”, I found myself thinking through my own assumptions about the spatial aspects of how the “public” is defined. Nancy Fraser’s brilliant concept … Continue reading

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