The Devil’s Advocate and the chilling effect: Territorial games with law in the flowzone.
The right of self-regulation has been a fundamentally important goal in the struggle of the Norwegian press for increased freedom. The article describes how self-regulation has established a seemingly robust societal position despite periods of heavy criticism. The author singles out politicians and jurists as the potentially most powerful norm senders, and describes the press freedom game as a tug-of-war between politics, the law and journalism. By the end of the 20th century, attacks from the political branch had been neutralized by the press, seemingly with lasting effect. Since then, international law (Strasbourg) has played an increasingly important role, directly and by way of infiltration of the norms of journalism. The press may be pushed in the direction of a real, if not formal, juridification.
The Triumph of Ambiguity: Norwegian popular journalism. A revisiting.
In this article, characteristics of Norwegian popular journalism are investigated through revisiting a socio-historic analysis. Through fundamental popularization processes, the newspapers Dagbladet and VG have established trendsetting journalistic profiles by nurturing specific kinds of newspaper schizophrenia. By virtue of journalistic re-orientations, new publishing platforms, and audience involvement, Norwegian popular journalism has survived.
I denne artikkelen, som opprinnelig sto på trykk i nr 2 1994 av Norsk medietidsskrift, kombinerer Jon Bing sin interesse for science fiction-litteratur med sitt visjonære akademisk-analytiske blikk på medieutviklingen. Bing tar utgangspunkt i historiske, litterære forestillinger om framtidens medier og spør i hvilken grad det finnes snev av realisme i disse forestillingene. Artikkelen ender med et 1994-blikk mot dagens medier, der visjonene om medienes framtidige sosiale dimensjon er særlig interessante å lese 20 år senere.
Fear of the Dehumanizing Effect of Media: Future Media Seen through Science Fiction. A Response to Jon Bing.
In 1994 the Norwegian science fiction author and professor of law informatics Jon Bing wrote an essay about the media of the future. This article, written after a re-reading of Bing’s essay, reflects upon the changes that have taken place since the nineties up until today both in theoretical approaches to and popular discourse on digital media. Taking examples from recent science fiction and the current media discourse I show how the red thread Bing found in literature, «an anxiety about media’s dehumanizing effect,» is still central, and how it can be understood through an awareness of the digital dualism we can see today in the theories of the nineties.