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“Why Anders Behring Breivik is (not) a hero": Flashback, web hate and mainstream media
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
2011 (English)In: From Theory to Practice: How to Assess, Measure and Apply Impartiality in News and Current Affairs, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, 18-19 Nov. 2011, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper is dealing with the relations between mainstream news media and “grassroots” discourse, focusing on the mass murders in Oslo in July 2011 and the controversial Swedish web forum Flashback. Flashback is known as a place where one can rapidly find detailed (more or less correct) information about recent events and the people involved in them. It is also an open forum where all kinds of topics are being discussed, not seldom including expressions of values and ideas that are considered offensive and/or “politically incorrect”. The Oslo events were followed by a media debate about hate speech in the commentaries on news media web sites and forums such as Flashback, in which it has been argued that the latter provides fertile grounds for hate speech and consequently also hateful actions.


I am interested in how “web hate” is affecting impartiality in the Swedish discourse on news and current affairs. The material consists of newspaper articles as well as one of the most controversial threads on Flashback, “Varför Anders Behring Breivik är en hjälte” (“Why Anders Behring Breivik is a hero”).

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Chatrooms, mainstream media, impartiality, hate speech
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Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68782OAI: diva2:473539
Available from: 2012-01-06 Created: 2012-01-06 Last updated: 2012-01-06

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