Bergen Media Use Research Group

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Bergen Media Use Research Group is part of the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, and is led by Hallvard Moe and Brita Ytre-Arne. The group researches how people use media - as audiences, users and citizens, and how they relate to each other and to society through media.

News in crisis situations
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Ritual check-in, shocked immersion, regained stability

New paper by Hallvard Moe, Torgeir Uberg Nærland and Brita Ytre-Arne discusses people’s news experiences before, during and after societal crisis situations.

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Dis/connecting among Norwegian and Portuguese teenagers

Young people struggle with permanent online connection that is associated with their generation. Ph.d fellow Mehri Agai has studied teenagers’ affective relationship to connectivity and disconnectivity, and how it is socioculturally influenced by the media, family, and peers.

Algorithms and news media
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Article on algorithm-driven front pages wins prize

Norsk Medietidskrift (NMT) has conferred the Research Paper of the Year award to ph.d fellow Marianne Borchgrevink-Brækhus.

Media use
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Erik Knudsen Wants Media Researchers to Focus More on Thresholds

“What is missing in the selective exposure theory is the fact that most likely people are reading a lot of information that they don’t agree with. Which is why I am shifting the attention to that,” Erik Knudsen says.

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Media use Research about the Covid-19 pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic much research has been carried out on how the pandemic has affected society. Here you will find an overview of publications related to media use and the pandemic, by the scholars in Bergen Media Use Research Group.

New Publications

Ritual check-in, shocked immersion, regained stability: A sequential typology of news experiences in crisis situations (2023) Hallvard Moe, Torgeir Uberg Nærland, Brita Ytre-Arne

Operationalizing distribution as a key concept for public sphere theory. A call for ethnographic sensibility of different social worlds (2023) Hallvard Moe

Growing out of overconnection: The process of dis/connecting among Norwegian and Portuguese teenagers (2023) - Ana Jorge, Mehri S. Agai and Leonor Cunha-Vas Martinho 

Polarisation and echo chambers? Making sense of the climate issue with social media in everyday life (2023) - Hallvard Moe, Synnøve Skarbø Lindtner and Brita Ytre-Arne 

Monitoring the infection rate: Explaining the meaning of matrics in pandemic news experiences (2023) - John Magnus Raghnildson Dahl and Brita Ytre-Arne 

Citizens´news use during Covid-19: Concerns about misinformation and reliance on local news in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden (2023) - Brita Ytre-Arne and Hallvard Moe

Travelling Girlhood: Feminist Discourses as Narrative Resources for the American Adaption of Norwegian High School Drama SKAM (2022) - Dag Skarstein and Synnøve Skarbø Lindtner 

"Well, That´s Just My Opinion": The Principle of Expression and the Public Debate (2022) - Ida Vikrøen Andersen 

How the public understands news media trust: An open-ended approach (2021) - Erik Knudsen, Stefan Dahlberg and Silje Nygaard 

Disconnectivity synced with identity cultivation: adolescent narratives of digital disconnection (2022) - Mehri S. Agai

Understanding digital disconnection beyond media studies (2021) - Hallvard Moe and Ole Jacob Madsen

Privacy, energy, time and moments stolen: Social media experiences pushing towards disconnection (2021) - Trine Syvertsen and Brita Ytre-Arne

Towards responsible media recommendation (2021) - Mehdi Elahi, Dietmar Jannach, Lars Skjærven, Erik Knudsen et al. 

Why so quiet? Exploring inhibition in digital public spaces (2021) - Hilde Sakariassen and Irene Costera Meijer

Women's emotion work on Facebook: Strategic use of emotions in public discourse (2021) - Hilde Sakariassen

Towards a critical understanding of data visualisation in democracy: a deliberative systems approach (2021) - Torgeir Uberg Nærland and Martin Engebretsen 

Advancing digital disconnection research: Introduction to the special issue (2021) - Stine Lomborg and Brita Ytre-Arne

Doomscrolling, Monitoring and Avoiding: News Use in COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown (2021) - Brita Ytre-Arne and Hallvard Moe

Intrusive media and knowledge work: how knowledge workers negotiate digital media norms in the pursuit of focused work (2021) - Faltin Karlsen and Brita Ytre-Arne

Nordic journalists’ conceptual roles and perceived influences - A European and inter-Nordic comparison (2021) - Jan Fredrik Hovden and Jari Väliverronen

Class and everyday media use: A case study from Norway (2021) - Jan Fredrik Hovden and Lennart Rosenlund

How the public understands news media trust: An open-ended approach (2021) - Erik Knudsen, Stefan Dahlberg, Magnus Iversen, Mikeal Johannesson and Silje Nygaard 

Hostility online: Flaming, trolling, and the public debate (2021) - Ida Vikøren Andersen

The Democratic Significance of Everyday News Use: Using Diaries to Understand Public Connection over Time and beyond Journalism (2021) - Hallvard Moe and Brita Ytre-Arne

From Wanderers to Strangers. The shifting space of Scandinavian immigration debate 1970–2016 (2020) - Jan Fredrik Hovden

Instead of the deliberative debate: How the principle of expression plays out in the news-generated Facebook discussion. (2020) - Ida V. Andersen

Temporal ambivalences in smartphone use: Conflicting flows, conflicting responsibilities (2020) - Brita Ytre-Arne, Trine Syvertsen, Hallvard Moe and Faltin Karlsen

A digital public sphere: Just in theory or a perceived reality for users of social network sites? (2020) - Hilde Sakariassen

Populism and popular culture: a case for identity-oriented research. In Krämer, B. & Holtz-Bacha, C. (eds) Perspectives on populism and the media. (2020) - Torgeir U. Nærland

Affective Polarization in Multiparty Systems? Comparing Affective Polarization Towards Voters and Parties in Norway and the United States (2020) - Erik Knudsen 

Disentangling the Influence of Recommender Attributes and News-Story Attributes: A Conjoint Experiment on Exposure and Sharing Decisions on Social Networking Sites (2020) - Mikael Poul Johannesson and Erik Knudsen

Audiences’ Communicative Agency in a Datafied Age: Interpretative, Relational and Increasingly Prospective (2020) - Brita Ytre-Arne and Ranjana Das

Enabling Cultural Policies? Culture, Capabilities and Citizenship (2020) - Torgeir U. NærlandJan Fredrik Hovden and Hallvard Moe

Methods for datafication, datafication of methods (2020) - Stine Lomborg, Lina Dencik and Hallvard Moe

Deliberative Systems Theory and Citizens’ Use of Online Media (2020) - Cathrine Holst and Hallvard Moe