The world wide web conveys prospects for a diverse public sphere in which many people can participate. Analysing experiences from an «online public hearing» and web debate about the future of the public service broadcaster NRK, the authors discuss how web genres and web media are changing the public sphere, the obstacles we face, and how the democratizing potential of the web can be met.
A combination of educational research, sociological theory and media theory is used to discuss the formation of new social norms in the wake of the introduction of wireless networks in Danish upper secondary schools. On the basis of a minor study of students and teachers experiences with wireless networks, a picture of a mutually ambivalent social interaction concerning standards for the use of new media is outlined. The article discusses whether, in the near feature, this situation is likely to be replaced by new and firm standards that could be compatible with the environment the new media bring.
The article investigates the value of music among users and how music is used in social interaction. It elaborates on four modes of music discovery: (i) self-initiated discovery, (ii) social circle discovery, (iii) discovery at music arenas, and (iv) random discovery. These modes are discussed in the perspective of large-scale and small-scale sharing and the article ends with a discussion on future business models for music. Based on empirical findings from a research project carried out by Telenor Research & Innovation (R&I) among Norwegian music users in 2008, the study revealed that music has high emotional and social value and low economic value. The user practices and mindsets elaborated in the article can serve as guiding principles for industry actors venturing into the digital realm.