Hammers are awesome. To our rockhammer using ancestors, hammers were life-saving and -giving. There’s a reason the handheld hammer is in every worthwhile toolbox around the world.
In his essay titled “Cyberdemocracy: The Internet and the Public Sphere”, Mark Poster makes the outrageous claim that “the effect of hammers is not to make people hammers” (p. 262).
German philosophy has never really caught my fancy, but I love British history. To my delight, Part III of Jürgen Habermas’s The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (Strukturwandel der Öffentlicheit) cites the development of post-interregnum Great Britain through the 18th century as the first “public sphere that functioned in the political realm.”
Habermas likes three spawning points for Britain’s transformation: Continue reading