This article deals with how the media, in spite of their explicit claim to be the watchdog of politics, help perpetuate a lack of foreign policy debate in Norway. While foreign policy has traditionally been an executive power prerogative, jealously guarded by the executive power, it is now the media that perpetuate such exclusivity. Foreign ministers face less critique than other ministers in the media, and are allowed to claim a role as experts and sages, thus elevated above politics.
Body ideals in Norwegian exercise- and diet blogs
This article describes the body ideal promoted in a Norwegian exercise- and diet blog community and how bloggers relate to it. Using a critical discursive approach, analysis of three weeks of entries from eight selected blogs of young women revealed that the blog community’s body ideals and body practices are influenced by a fitness culture. These blogs, however, divulge the downsides of the body project, describing a lifestyle of strict body regimes and the ambivalent feelings that arise in pursuit of the perfect body.
Online celebrity journalism in Norway
Celebrity journalism is a big part of the news media, especially in the online tabloid press, where a significant amount of reportage can be categorized as «celebrity journalism». This article discusses how it has changed in the Norwegian online newspapers VG Nett and Dagbladet.no since 2005 seen in the context of structural changes that the Norwegian media industry has undergone during the past decade: namely the financial crisis that led to declining revenues for the media companies, the development of social media, increased globalization and new media platforms.