27 January 2016
The hidden news
This article was
originally published on 23 January 2016 on the writer's
blog (Onar Åms Lillablogg) as
Den skjulte nyheten i
It is published here with the author's generous consent.
Translation: Marianne Haslev Skånland
weeks have passed since the sexual terror attacks in
Cologne and a lot has been written about it. Many have
focused on the way it exposes a horrid lack of culture
among many so-called 'refugees' coming to Europe. Others
have focused on the hushing up by the media and the police.
Still others have focused on the way feminists, who usually
eagerly dish out accusations of patriarchal violence
culture when white men are concerned, now excuse and
explain away something that appears to be a true culture of
There is one thing, though, which nobody has written about.
It is a piece of news that has escaped everybody, and this
news is maybe more important than anything else written
about the event. The news is that this case became a large
news item after all, in spite of the shameful attempts of
the media and the police to put a lid on it.
How did it come to be? How could something which was
originally boycotted by all the media and by the police,
still become a major news story? The answer is: social
media. People had their mobiles with them and shared their
stories and video shots of the vicious behaviour of these
near-prosimians. Shocked and indignant that the media did
not write about the case, people continued sharing it
around and it went viral.
When hundreds of thousands had shared the news,
decentralised via social media, it was no longer possible
for the media to keep the case down. They had to address it
and report it, or they would have lost even the tiny bit of
face they had left.
The fact is, then, that the Cologne attack shows us that
the mainstream media of today has been dethroned. The
hegemony of the traditional media is over. The media no
longer holds a monopoly on news reporting. The elite no
longer holds a monopoly on the truth. They cannot dictate
This fact is mirrored by another fact: all traditional
media today struggle with their income. The Norwegian
newspaper VG recently had to cut back on jobs. They do not
tackle the competition from the internet.
internet has been described as a kind of Gutenberg 2.0. For
those who do not know their history, Gutenberg was a fellow
who invented printing with moveable metal types in the
West. Before, books were something extremely expensive. The
written word was well guarded by the elite, in this case
the Catholic church.
Martin Luther was the pioneer to utilise the new technology
seriously to challenge and do away with the power of the
Catholic church over religious truths. As a consequence
several decades of religious war followed in Europe,
different versions of Christianity warring with each other,
after which war-weary Europeans concluded that maybe
freedom of expression and of religion was not such a dumb
The internet holds the same role as the art of printing
had. The technology makes the spreading of news and
information so cheap that everyman can do it. The social
media play the same role as did Luther's protestantism: a
platform challenging the established elite.
power lying in the social media can be illustrated by a
Norwegian example, viz the political party Liberalistene
(The Capitalist Party). This is a party that is only a
little over a year old, but which has from the first gone
all out to be best in social media. The effect of this is
that the party is now growing with .5 per cent every day.
Around this time the party will pass 1000 members, half as
many as the established party Rødt (Red).
Should the party keep growing at the same rate (5 new
members per day), they will have around 4,000 members at
the parliamentary election in 2017. This has happened with
practically zero coverage in traditional media.
If the Capitalist Party continues its success and enters
parliament as a new party in a few years, they will in that
case be the second new, Norwegian party to break through
the political sound barrier in a short time. Both parties
will in that case have succeeded in the same way: through
professional concentration on social media.
The Capitalist Party on Facebook can be found