It's probably not yet obvious with most works published here that I am interested in (to shortly and vaguely state it) examining humanity's place in reality and virtuality and where they meet (Particularly; Urban Space & Virtual Communities). I ran across this quote which characterizes one avenue of my exploration. (Much of the quote could use rewording, but it's Wikipedia, good enough for starters)
"There is the illusion of a public sphere, according to [Jürgen] Habermas. Citizens have become consumers, investors, workers. Real news (information which helps free people stay free) is being elbowed out by advice, soft-porn, catchy garbage, celebrity antics, and has become infotainment, that is, a commodity competing in a mass entertainment market. It matters less whether news is right or wrong, and matters more whether it's gripping."
In thinking about the work itself I'm reminded of two problems with both Democracy and Epistemology; they always seem to be made up of "appropriate communities." (I'd bet money that's a Bryan Norton quote from "Sustainability" [probably the only decent English definition of the term although it's boring as hell to read])