London College of Communication
MA Photography

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John Griffin

Local History

Jurgen Habermas famously charted the disintegration of the 'Public sphere'; civic spaces where matters of society could be discussed beyond state influence, as a result of mass consumerism and the blurring of state with society. Poor guy needs a pint! If only he knew the lower classes had kept this forum alive for decades.

Now also under threat, these institutions, these extended families are the last gasps of independent community where "every subject with the competence to speak is allowed to take part in discourse."(J.Habermas). While political will across the classes becomes equally meaningless, the bond that these groups share becomes the only tangible thing of value.