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Transcultural lives in social media: Discursive strategies of Norwegian immigrants online
Research indicates that the dominant news media shape a picture of minorities and immigration that is problem oriented and overly simple. Social media offer discursive arenas where immigrants may show a greater diversity. In blogs and video-sharing services, immigrants can formulate their own identities and opinions, thus supplementing the established media discourse. The article investigates how and why this happens in the Norwegian media landscape. Through interviews with three informants – all with an immigrant background – as well as analysis of their text and media practices, the article provides a close insight into how social media can serve as public arenas for new voices and new discourses on minorities and immigration.
Regional counter-voices in the national public sphere
In this article, we discuss the societal role of the commentary journalist in the regional press. We also discuss the implications of digitization. Based on a study of six regional newspapers (Adresseavisen, Avisa Nordland, Bergens Tidende, Fædrelandsvennen, Nordlys and Stavanger Aftenblad), an essential theme in this study is the role of journalists (informants) in a national debate in which our informants find it difficult to participate. They characterize the debate as near-sighted and centred in the capital and believe that regional voices might be counter voices, which nuances the debate and provides wider perspectives. However, they see digitization as increasing the influence of regional commentators.
Materiality and meaning in the age of man?
Human activity no longer just affects isolated ecosystems, local climatic processes or local environments. Our presence, actions and lives affect the planet as a whole. Some geologists even claim that we have entered a new planetary era: «the Antropocen». Media and media technologies are part of this age, but this has received little attention in media studies and other parts of the social sciences and the humanities. However, if humanity has really become a force affecting the geological history of the earth, the significance of the social sciences and humanities, including media studies, will increase. This, we claim, should have consequences for the way we, as social scientists and humanists, write, think and understand the relationship between materiality and meaning.