in Zurich to discuss 'publicness' and public sphere

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On Friday the 11th of April I had the pleasure to sit in the opening plenary of the annual conference of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SGKM/SSCM/SACM). This 2014 conference was entitled "Ruptures – Upheavals – Opportunities: The Transformation of the Swiss Media Landscape in an International Context", and marked the 40th anniversary of the association (check out the full program). I had been invited to respond to the keynote address by Slavko Splichal (University of Ljubljana), and joined in the task Des Freedman (Goldsmiths) and Manuel Puppis (University of Fribourg). Here you can find my response to Spichal and his "Dialogue with History: Ideas of publicness and public service in press/media theory and practice (albeit I suppose it might be a bit obscure without Slavko's original text).