In this article I offer a new conceptualization of democratic citizenship education in light of the transformations brought about by the use of digital technologies has contributed. My conceptualization adopts a deliberative understanding of democracy that provides a systemic perspective on society-wide communicative arrangements and employs a nonideal, critical methodology that concentrates on overcoming democratic deficits. Based on this systemic, deliberative conception of democracy, I provide an analysis of the public sphere’s normative deficits and argue that current political communication may be systemically distorted. Drawing on this analysis, I suggest that practices of democratic citizenship education in digitized societies must not concentrate narrowly on the effective and responsible use of digital technologies. Instead, I maintain that these practices should also focus on the economic and cultural conditions that are co-responsible for the structural problems of political communication as well as address the democratic deficits that are reflected in inadequate communicative arrangements.
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