Should we be Charlie? A deliberative take on religion and secularism in mediated public spheres


Wessler, Hartmut ; Rinke, Eike Mark ; Löb, Charlotte



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jcom.12213
URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/287210045...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Communication
Volume: 66
Issue number: 2
Page range: 314-327
Place of publication: Oxford ; Hoboken NJ
Publishing house: Blackwell ; Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0021-9916 , 1460-2466
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Humanities > Medien I (Wessler)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: The terror attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 serves to explore the role of religion and secularism in mediated public spheres. We argue that deliberative theory, including its recent criticisms and extensions, helps navigate normative dilemmas presented by the attacks. From a deliberative perspective, journalists should reprint Charlie cartoons that are perceived by Muslims as insulting and incendiary only if this fulfills a real need for public reflection and enlightenment. Media and the wider public should engage in differentiated solidarity with Charlie Hebdo, help transfer the hidden argumentative potential of its cartoons into the realm of truly argumentative discourse, and engage in metadeliberation that explicitly reflects the contexts and rules for public debate.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.




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