April 3, 2013
Last year I was asked by Dr. Georgios Papanagnou to answer a couple of question regarding the EU savvy Blogosphere for his study in the matter at United Nations University – Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies. I was pleasantly surprised today to receive an email from Dr. Papanagnou announcing that he has published a UNU-CRIS Working Paper on Digital Publics in Transnational Spaces: EU Blogs and the European Public Sphere (no. W-2013/6 – abstract and download).
Besides a wealth of theoretical information, the paper includes a handful of EU themed blogs, fedeu.blogactiv.eu being one of them.
The other 5 EU blogs are:
Dr. Georgios Papanagnou has analyzed and rounded up information and quotes from the bloggers themselves, curtailing to the development of a consistent EU themed blogosphere and with the theoretical support mentioned earlier, concludes :
Thus, with regard to EU blogs, we have to agree with Cammaerts and Papacharissi when they note that while digital (social) media do not revive the public sphere, they nonetheless seem to inject a good dose of plurality to the model of representative democracy (Papacharissi, 2009: 241; Cammaerts, 2008; see 5 | P a g ealso Dahlberg, 2007; 2005). EU bloggers seem to be less concerned with public accord and more with self-expression and voicing disagreement (Papacharissi, 2009: 241). As such they seem to conform better to Mouffe’s vision of conflictual politics involving multiple publics and less with a vision of publicreason, deliberation and consensus. Of course, the EU-bloggers do not constitute a quintessential counterpublic. (Dahlberg, 2007). What they do however, seem to constitute is a discursive pole which is simultaneously posited against: a) an anti-EU, nationalist discourse that features heavily in domesticdebates, and b) an elite-driven EU policy agenda that remains opaque for many citizens.
I invite all of you, especially those of you active on the blogging scene, to go through the paper as we have much more work ahead of us and the paper can be quite uplifting for us grumpy bloggers 😉
Keep writing and imagining a better Union.