The Solution to the Dewey/Lippmann Debate

Matthew Celmer


In the early twentieth century, John Dewey and Walter Lippmann engaged in a social and philosophical debate concerning the role of media in a democracy.  In the Age of Information, the importance of the Dewey/Lippmann debate could not be more apparent.  While knowledge is power, information can be used to control the masses or empower them.   Utilizing a Deweyan approach, I attempt to synthesize Lippmann’s intellectual elites and Dewey’s artistic concept in order to propose a possible solution to the nearly century long feud.


democracy; public; democratic elitism; news media

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ISSN: 2373-8308