Radio theory received an interesting addition when the early writings on radio of Theodor W. Adorno were published for the first time in 2008/2009. This article presents and reviews some of the key elements in what Adorno labelled «radio physiognomics», an attempt to establish a conceptual framework for radio studies that united aesthetics, media analysis and social analysis. Through examination of a book review broadcast by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), the theory is put to work, to learn if, and how, Adorno’s musically centred radio analysis could be transferred to a different, more communicatively oriented, content.
This article examines how the three dailies Fædrelandsvennen, Agderposten and Lindesnes in southern Norway cover stories with references to religion and worldview. What characterizes these items, and how do the editors explain the coverage? The study concludes that religion and worldview rarely constitute the main theme. When they are on the agenda, they customarily refer to Christian events and happenings. Islam is covered mainly by news agencies, usually about matters far away. Low status, low interest and lack of knowledge are some of the reasons editors give when explaining why stories about religion are rarely given priority.
This article concerns media use and media experiences of a Norwegian handball team of 15-year-old boys. Throughout the 2011–2012 season, participant field observations were conducted at practice and during games and tournaments. The focus is the coach’s use of a Hollywood text informing the handball culture and constructing a pre-game routine. The routine is analysed as a ritual with specific practice intents of cohesion and with the potential to proscribe and enhance particular gendered meaning in the handball context. The article illustrates how the media saturate the boys’ everyday handball life and how media components are shaped to perceived practice needs.