Digital Spaces of Civic Communication

The Practices and Interfaces of Online Commenting

  • Anne  Mollen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Theoretical framework to the analysis of online commenting

  3. Interfaces, practices and interactions in online commenting

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 239-273

About this book


This book addresses the socio-technical constitution of civic communication in increasingly digital democracies. Despite problematic phenomena like hate speech in online commenting, it argues that citizens’ potential for resisting technological inscriptions in digital media remains a fundamental democratic right. While producers inscribe anticipations for how people should be discussing political issues into commenting interfaces, citizens still resist these technological inscriptions in their commenting practices. This dialectic interrelation between interfaces and practices highlights the inadequacy of purely technological solutions for undemocratic tendencies in digital media.

  • Online commenting as civic communication
  • Socio-technical dialectics of online commenting
  • Interrelation of interfaces and practices
  • Interfaces, practices and interactions in online commenting
Target groups
  • lecturers and students of media and communication studies, media sociology, science and technology studies and political science
  • social media editors, journalists, political communicators, media and internet policy specialists
The Author
Anne Mollen is research assistant at the Department of Communication at the University of Münster and scientific coordinator at the Research Training Group "Trust and Communication in a Digitized World".


hate speech online participation digital democracy media technologies media materiality civic communication online commenting civic communication socio-technical dialects

Authors and affiliations

  • Anne  Mollen
    • 1
  1. 1.MünsterGermany

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