As a new cultural industry, digital game development is located between the sectors of culture and trade. While Norwegian game development is defined today as a matter for the Ministry of Culture, the industry is asking for a more holistic policy that includes trade policies. This article discusses Norwegian game policies with point of departure in research interviews with four Norwegian game developers and argues that trade policies are already included in the existing cultural policy
In many countries, newspapers receive indirect financial support through VAT exemption schemes. Recently, however, a tax credit scheme based on editorial costs has been suggested as an alternative. Tax credit schemes are widely used in OECD countries to promote R&D investments, but so far have not been used to promote journalism, which is another form of knowledge production. We discuss the economic justification for media support and how the two forms of indirect media support influence the industry. Economic theory suggests that a tax credit would increase editorial quality, while VAT exemption would be more efficient in promoting media diversity.
This article analyses NRK’s concluding party leaders’ debate in the 2009 election based on a method for measuring deliberation quality in debates. Subsequently, the deliberation principles are subject to a discussion of their relevance and utility in relation to modern mediated debates, and to competing perspectives on the nature of politics with views of power relations other than those advocated by Habermas.