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Jul. 23rd, 2011

It is a lot harder to be flippant with the numbers and the time aspects and the chain of events start coming in, but let me express the annoyance with self-absorbed Norwegian media anyway: After airing live news broadcast continually for 24+ hours, the daily news magazine is an expanded version that is, for fuck's sake, fully devoted to the attacks. Famine in Africa? Eurozone troubles? US politicians fucking their own economy over with expected consequences for the rest of the world? The rest of the world moves on even if Norway suddenly got a lot less boring in a horrible manner. I'm relying on German and British web newspapers for updates on things not about the shootings. (Which are - as it is - that Amy Winehouse no longer is with us, and the Euro is making life hard for Switzerland. Well.)

Most of what I feel that I can say are things that would be relevant only for national politics, but I've spent the day with a feeling of vague unease and the TV constantly in the background. I can't be angry on personal behalf (my mum knows someone who knows a girl who was badly wounded, that's the closest), and I refuse to be angry on some kind of national behalf, but the political ideas that laid at the bottom of this are not new to me. I had him pegged as right-wing three hours before the national media, because the Labour Youth Wing is such a Norwegian thing and a matter of strictly national politics, and a matter of politics to the point where the only ones with that kind of grudge would be involved on the other side of Norwegian politics (details). I never imagined we'd see something like this happening, but I've been following debates in comments to online newspapers, and blogs that follow the fascist tinhats. I knew there were conspiracy theorists who believed that the government was undermining the country by letting the Muslims conquer it, if not outright in cahoots with the Caliphate. I'm not fully surprised to hear that one of them attacked the cabinet. The massacre of the AUF camp, however, speaks of a completely different level of lunacy.

The ironic part is of course the initial reaction of the Norwegian Right Wing (the Muslims hate us) and the Islamists abroad (jihad came to Norway), when it is in fact was the action of a person who - going by his online activities - was out to take out the Labour Party and stop it from letting more evil Muslims come to the country to rape our women and take our money.



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Jul. 23rd, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Can't really anything constructive, except that media love focusing on the big bloody event that prevents people from thinking.
Jul. 24th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Constructive conversation is best left for people with more clues than I have, I think. I've had complaints about the self-centredness of the Norwegian media many times before - I'm not sure I actually expected anything better about them this time eigher *sigh*
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