Christian Christensen

Christian Christensen

Christian Christensen, American in Sweden, is Professor of Journalism at Stockholm University. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrChristensen

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Trump Keeps His Promise - And Delivers Hate
CD editor's note: The Swedish-language version of this post first appeared in today's Aftonbladet . There are many, many people in the United States right now wondering how we got to this point. How we could have a President of the United States unwilling and unable to clearly and firmly condemn...
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Conspiracy Theories and the Right-Wing Ecosystem
The conspiracy theory is a well-worn theme within popular culture. From The Manchurian Candidate to JFK to The X-Files, our understanding of these theories are as ones where the stakes are at the highest levels, and usually involve some attempt at national or global domination. The main players are...
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Friday, February 10, 2017
"I’ve Never Been So Ashamed To Be an American." Really?
"I’ve never been so ashamed to be an American." We have heard that a lot since the election of Donald Trump. We have heard many Americans express their disappointment and outrage over where our country is going. Over how humanity and the rule of law have quickly given ground to the evils of ethno-...
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Friday, January 20, 2017
Until He Shows Respect, We Owe Donald Trump Nothing But Resistance
A Swedish language version of this article ran today in Aftonbladet , a daily newspaper in Sweden. Today, Donald John Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump supporters will argue that, as President, he is deserving of our respect. He won the...
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Monday, January 02, 2017
20 New Year’s Resolutions for News, Journalism and Social Media
1. Avoid use of headlines and writing of tweets that misrepresent and/or oversimplify the content of linked-to articles. Headlines matter as they frame the stories for users. 2. Call racism “racism”. 3. Call sexism “sexism”. 4. Call terrorism “terrorism”, and be consistent in the use of the term...
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Friday, November 11, 2016
Discrimination More Appealing than Experts Thought Possible
We were told that this was a high point for postwar democracy: a moment in which an entire nation sent a clear, unambiguous message that the politics of hate, racism and ethno-nationalism would be rejected in favor of decency and restraint. And the result of the second round of the 2002 French...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Election 2016: It's a Sad, Sad World
I‘ve been interviewed 5 or 6 times here in Sweden over the last 24 hours about Trump, which has given me time to think over what all of this means. My only firm conclusion is that regardless of who wins on November 8, the US has lost. And this is probably the clearest case of a national self-...
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Sunday, October 09, 2016
Trump’s Misogyny and the Media’s “Righteous-Indignation Dollar”
Twenty years ago, the great Bill Hicks had a classic stand-up bit in which he imagined ad executives watching his rant against advertising, and saying to each other: “Oh, I see what Bill is doing! He’s going after the anti-marketing dollar, the righteous-indignation dollar! That’s a good dollar!”...
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Friday, September 23, 2016
The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (Donald Trump)
If there is one thing that the Trump phenomenon has taught us, it is that, for Trump, it is not easy being white in America. Being white means never-ending guard duty, defending the country against those who would seek to rip apart the bleached fabric of American society. For Trump and his...
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Monday, August 29, 2016
Kaepernick vs. Trump: Making America Great Again
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