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The real (because common) distinction here is between "the merely abstracted and the merely personal," a distinction comparable to the discriminations sketched in Jurgen Habermas' magisterial history of the "Public Sphere": first, a feudal "publicity of representation" beginning and ending in the person of a sovereign (16-17); a brief flourishing of rational discussion where personal prestige is superceded by the best argument as private individuals come together to use their reason publicly; finally, the return of a "personally represented authority" through which reason is supplanted by reputation in an acclamatory mass culture (201).
The hush that accompanied his entrance had an acclamatory feel.
Charlotte Templin reveals that Erica Jong's literary reputation has been molded in a public debate about feminism staged between an acclamatory popular audience and a group of disparaging critics.
In addition to more dialogue between the presider and the assembly, acclamatory material, such as the Holy, Holy, became not the preserve of musical specialists but the assembly's proper acclamation.
The acclamatory mass society so self-evident to Habermas was only peripherally evident to Hazlitt, in part because it was only just emerging but also because it necessarily appeared in a different light.