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New Time in TV2's Occupied


It is interesting to note how our newspaper Ny Tid plays in TV2's series Okkupert the role of critic of the government and the occupation of Norway. Equally interesting is seeing a prime minister visionary to shut down oil production in favor of the world's first "clean energy" thorium power plant. But now it was so in the series that the world needs oil and gas, and Russia is "occupying" Norway to force the government to open the cranes again.
In the first episode, Ny Tid's journalist (played by Vegard Hoel) is the only one present as the Norwegian Prime Minister (played by Henrik Mestad) is kidnapped by the Russians. The Prime Minister, who is threatened and later released, hides the incident as "an exercise". New Age's truth-seeking journalist, however, does not let the elusive prime minister off the hook. Our newspaper tells people the truth and is growing enormously in circulation – until Ny Tid's SV-like editor is eventually threatened with losing press support. But Ny Tid's journalist continues the work of uncovering several unpleasant truths. I should probably not reveal more from the series I have seen. The journalism in the sequel is at least revealing, and influences decisions both in the Prime Minister's office and in the PST.
Let me tell you a little more: Our journalist comes into contact with the resistance movement Free Norway, these freedom fighters who operate in secret. As usual, the government calls these "terrorists" – a well-known phenomenon that the creators of the series have experienced. The journalist in Ny Tid is gradually working more undercover, as the truth and "state security" do not go hand in hand. Nor with certain interests…
But is Okkupert a TV series that depicts probable scenarios? Series director Erik Skjoldbjærg told Aftenposten (2/9) that the main challenge today is not necessarily "that fiction approaches reality, but that those in power have become better at using narrative tools in the presentation of their politics". Bottom line: The critical role of the press is becoming increasingly important. In the TV series, the Prime Minister allows himself to be instructed by the Russians rather than expressing opposition to the occupation, afraid that lives may be lost – he lets his ideals be endangered even if he pretends otherwise. But New Time is the newspaper for "the little we"; clear-minded people who are committed to Norway continuing to maintain its democratic freedom. The rest of the population – and the journalist's wife – let life go on as normal, or increase their income by serving the Russians. Should ideals and ethics be chosen away in favor of family idyll and consumption?
There are several reasons why more critical journalism happens in small publications, such as the newspaper you hold in your hand. Interestingly, it is often the essay genre that can "reveal" the game of the rulers. Free essayism can promote true social engagement in a time of political diplomacy and cynical interest. Here is the latest issue of the magazine Window exemplary, as it deals with space essayism. The window also highlights the community-oriented writer, or essayist who faces the world – against something at stake. Notice how editor Jordal rejects sentiment, contributor Eivind Tjønneland criticizes sentimental pseudo-essayists, or Morten Strøksnes calls for historical awareness and presence. Espen Stueland also called for the knowledge-based essays here in Norway in the Class Fight (9/10). Let me add that important essayism should be based on subjective experience (contact with the world), trying to break out of habits (preferably visionary thoughts), being curiously playful, and not least heretical (such as resistance struggles). Journalists must also be able to be essayists, and be able to break boundaries and reflect on something clear. As an investigator, journalism must also dare something.
But i Okkupert, what is the resistance group Free Norway daring to live for? The question is whether it is no longer an environmental issue, but rather Norway, the fatherland, the nation itself. And what Norwegian values ​​are you fighting for in this Future Norway? If it could be that we oil barons bet differently, and stopped polluting the world out there; fought for freedom of expression by opening the floodgates for political refugees; or with cosmopolitan visions created a multicultural role model – the freedom to be different, be it ethnic, sexual or cultural. I move here trying outside the series… but notice that Ny Tid's red – black logo shown on the TV screen this year has been replaced with a positive greenish one.
Trying at least brings the TV series to questions about the environment, nation, intelligence and cold exercise. The fiction of the series is approaching possible subjective experiences. It may also seem that the team behind the series may reflect on so-called False Flag operations – as history has shown that rebel groups are secretly backed by a state power that lurks totalitarian power by "creating" rebel actions and enemies like the one in the next game of fighting.
But is the series unrealistic? No, in fact, the Green Party wants to discontinue Norwegian oil and gas production. And Russia, as a gas supplier, could have an interest in keeping up with fossil fuel consumption around the world. The occupation of Crimea actually confirmed the idea in the series script.
And playfully in an essayistic way? The series is called a Russian agent Lev Kuleshov (former Russian filmmaker, known for experiments with montages); they let the intelligence chief be played by Jørn Mortensen, new principal at the School of the Arts; and a Norwegian military leader is played by heretical Bergen artist Morten Traavik. That the sometimes helpless Mestad is similar to his friend Stoltenberg also suggests some criticism.
TV2 chose Ny Tid as the heretic in the film, and we thank you for this award. Although we might not have chosen the same upcoming ending in the series – or?

? truls lie
? See also mine chronicle in Aftenposten.

Truls Lie
Truls Liehttp: /
Editor-in-chief in MODERN TIMES. See previous articles by Lie i Le Monde diplomatique (2003–2013) and Morgenbladet (1993-2003) See also part video work by Lie here.

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