Just wanted to point out two recent mentions of the public sphere, which actually managed to appear in the public sphere, the first by Al Gore, the second by the blogger Digby. Remarkable how much currency this concept has gained since Habermas first published it in 1962 (and remember, it was only translated into English in 1989).
Here’s Al Gore:
This is courtesy of atrios (http://atrios.blogspot.com/).
And this is from Digby at Hullabaloo, who knows his pseudonyms. I thought Carrie would appreciate this, because it also makes the bloggers and Michael Warner argument we discussed early this year.