When an egent crosses from the private into the public sphere, s/he has entered into the civic sphere. The civic sphere of literacy is thought to have been “necessarily destroyed” by the society of the spectacle (p. xi). However, Ulmer contends that “a wedding of the Internet and tourism promises the formation of an international civic sphere” (p. 12). Indeed it is the EmerAgency’s function to put “spontaneous mourning behavior into relationship with school research” thus creating a wide-reaching public sphere (p. xv).
In pentadic ratios, the civic sphere is the scene/agent. That is, the civic sphere is the place for MEmorials built by the egent: “In the same way that Florida Rushmore is not any one superego composite, but the continuous display of different superegos, so too in the deconsulting practice a way to focus the multiplicity of MEmorials into a civic sphere” (p. 29). The goal of the MEmorial and the egent is to use the Internet as this new civic sphere.
The civic sphere is key for effecting change in a culture. Reminiscent of McLuhan's global village, the civic sphere holds the promise of leaving behind our postmodern form (a collection of separate parts) and finally becoming whole. The civic sphere is what the egent enters into and simultaneously seeks to change.
The group subject operates extimate, inside and outside of the self. The group subject operates between the individual self and the actions of a society. It is within this space that “citizens find their missing chapter precisely in the collective, extant, external records of the civilization” (p. 14). A group subject operates with harmony and solipsism (p. 247). Further, the group subject is blind: the group subject tends to assume that even if something is corrupt, it's just the way it's always done (p. 246). The group subject assumes everything is corrupt, as we have replaced pyramids with pyramid schemes.