New Social and Digital Media in the European Public Sphere

08. September 2014


Traditional media, such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television are often perceived as the stronghold of the older generations. Digital natives, born into the information age, are said to prefer online media. Does this divide reflect the European media landscape today? If we presume that an open and transparent exchange of ideas is a prerequisite for a healthy democracy – what does it say about the EU that this seems to be missing? On which arenas are European citizens most likely to engage in political debates? Can social media open up a new space for discussing the European Project?

In this position paper, FutureLab Europe participants discuss challenges and opportunities offered by social and digital media in creating a European public sphere.

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This position paper was discussed at a Europe@Debate in Oslo, see how it went here.