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Intellectuals and social networks: new media, old traditions

Rita Figueiras


One of the central institutions where the identity of intellectuals was cemented, theeighteenth century salon, is being re-enacted today, precisely on the internet. By supplyingtechnological resources for the socialization of the projects of each intellectualin a network of similar subjects, lay experts and non-specialists, the Internet, a liquidmedia per excellence, as a privileged set for new authorities of knowledge to expressand expand themselves, became not just a cause of disintegration, but also a powerfulsocial re-construction tool both for intellectual community and public culture. TheInternet is a place where intellectuals are finding room for exerting their role of reflexiveconscience of contemporary era.


intellectuals, television, internet, eighteenth century salons, social networks

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v6i1-2p145-160

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