Disinformation, hate speech and hyper-partisanship pose an increasing challenge to the democratic functioning of our public spheres. Developments suggest a new readiness for regulation on the part of governments, publics and companies themselves. But does regulation set a new set of traps for free speech and media diversity? Moreover, is it even adequate to the problems facing the public sphere? Or do we need to be asking more fundamental questions about how the media are structured?

In the first of this new Eurozine podcast series, Eurozine editor Simon Garnett talks with Claire Potter, author of the book Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy and editor of Public Seminar (US), and Daniel Leisegang, editor of Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik (Germany).
The podcast was recorded in November 2019 at the 30th European Meeting of Cultural Journals. 

This was originally published by Eurozine.