POLKOM-mandag om metajournalistikk og mediekritikk

POLKOM-mandag om metajournalistikk og mediekritikk

Tine Ustad Figenschou, professor ved OsloMet - Storbyuniversitetet, holder lunsjforedrag førstkommende mandag, 4. juni klokken 12. Foredraget holdes på rom 418 og er åpent for alle. 

Ustad Figenschou presenterer paperet "Meta-journalism and media critique: Responses to the ‘extremist voice’ in the digitalized news landscape" skrevet sammen med stipendiat Anna G. Larsen. 

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Meta-debates concerning how the news media (should) deal with deviance and extremism have intensified in the digital media landscape in what has been labeled an “era of constant criticism” (Carlson, 2017). The present paper analyzes meta-journalistic discourse and media criticism following a highly controversial studio interview with the spokesperson of a Norwegian Salafi-jihadist group, which supported the actions of “the Islamic State” in Syria. To illuminate how boundaries of free speech, appropriate public debate, and journalistic performance are contested and negotiated within and beyond journalism, the paper analyzes how a controversial journalistic performance was debated and justified among i) journalists and commentators, ii) external experts, and iii) readers. It highlights how journalists, commentators, external experts, and readers collectively mobilized against the extremist threat by evoking normative ideals of the role of journalism in democracy. Media internal experts (journalists and commentators) defended the publication of the interview by stressing the journalistic duty to expose extremism and foreground the preventive, clarifying, and cohesive effects of including extremist voices in mainstream debates. By taking on the role of defenders of the liberal democratic society against the threat of extremism, legacy media claimed a position as the primary arena and actor in maintaining communal solidarity, resilience, and cohesion. External experts and readers were notably more critical, foregrounding the negative consequences of including extremist views and warning that it could consolidate extremist views and amplify threats, insecurity, stereotypes, and prejudice. Theoretically, the paper contributes to the literature on mediated negotiations of the boundaries of public debate and free speech, media criticism, and meta-journalistic discourse in tackling deviance.

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