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Is the Dutch television program Zondag met Lubach or infotainment in general a threat to democracy? Or should we see infotainment programs as saviors of democracy?
With the rise of digital media, news items are increasingly based on emotions rather than rationality. In an ideal public sphere, we would have both.
The public sphere has been controlled by humans for years, but in the last decade, there has been a shift from human gatekeepers to algorithmic ones. This essay describes the consequences this algorithmic culture has for the public sphere.