The article presents a study of the media experiences of a group of media actors with disabilities. The actors belong to large minorities in Norway – groups that have been the focus of several official reports and propositions, but that have been discriminated in a range of ways in Norwegian society. This is partly the normative point of departure for the study, but the question of discrimination in the media is open for exploration. Furthermore, the study draws on diverse theories on discrimination, among them Erving Goffmans classic Stigma (1990 ) and several inspirations from the «disability studies» field. Central questions focus on the experiences of the informants when it comes to media representation, not least through personal encounters with journalists, and on questions concerning how they would like to be represented in the media. Another important question is the degree to which these actors feel they can influence media representation through developing well thought out media strategies.
While the media in Burma are characterized by strict control, censorship and a general lack of freedom, the Burmese media in exile are developing rapidly. News reports from these organizations reach millions of people inside Burma as well as Burmese living in exile. This article presents the operations of a modern exile media organization, the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB). Through qualitative interviews it explores the development and current state of this media organization, and the measures and initiatives DVB employs in establishing and maintaining professional integrity.
This article discusses the importance of paratext for the reception of the German film Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others, 2006) as authentic and as a credible representation of historical events. It aims to show that authenticity is not necessarily just an objective category that can be verified, but also a subjective feeling that arises when something is made in a way that matches ones own experience.