Enlightenment or Entertainment: The Nurturance of an Aesthetic Public Sphere Through a Popular Talent Show in China

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In mapping out the structures of representation surrounding a popular talent show in China, this study supports the idea that aesthetic evaluations and discussions more often than not extend into areas of broader concerns. By discussing a popular entertainment program, cultural critics have helped nurture public spheres in which civic issues can be enthusiastically and creatively talked about. The aesthetic public sphere essentially provides an extension of the formal Habermasian public sphere, thus suggesting a more significant civic role for entertainment programs.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10714421.2011.547410

Affiliations: Department of Communication, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, New York, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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