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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Friday, April 27, 2018
Charlie Rose, #MeToo and the Eternal Possibility of White, Male Redemption
Deep down, even in the most jaded corners of our minds, I think we all knew that it wouldn't take long. That those celebrities accused of sexual harassment and assault during the #MeToo movement would inevitably find a way to re-enter the public sphere, and do so quickly. There would, of course, be...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018
Time For Action: Seven Proposals From Sweden For Reducing Sexism and Sexual Violence in the Midst of #MeToo
As #MeToo once again hit the headlines with the 2018 Academy Awards, it would be fair to say that initial hopes that the campaign would trigger widespread media attention on violence against women have not been met. Coverage of harassment and assault in “everyday” occupations and industries beyond...
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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Are Dead Children The Price of Freedom?
A Swedish version of this article appeared in the newspaper Aftonbladet . There is a sickness eating at the body and soul of my home country, and it is on full view for the world to see. When the news broke on Valentine’s Day that 17 people—mostly young students—had lost their lives in Parkland,...
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Friday, January 12, 2018
Media, Racism, and Global "Shitholes"
We find ourselves in yet another Trump outrage cycle. After famously calling Haiti, El Salvador and the entire continent of Africa "shitholes," there is a high level of righteous indignation among media outlets against Trump. This will dissipate, soon to be replaced by a new, improved outrage. "...
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Nov. 8, 2017 cover of the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Views
Friday, November 10, 2017
The #MeToo Movement in Sweden Shows Why We Need Feminism More Than Ever.
It’s not often that you read an article written by 456 people, but on Nov. 8 the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet published precisely that: a piece signed by 456 members of the Swedish film and theater industries . All were women. The article was a list of around 30 instances of sexual...
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
The Silent Terrorism on Our Doorsteps
Let’s begin with two questions. Can you name the location of the two most deadly US mass shootings of 2017? And, can you identify what the two events had in common? The answers? The Sept. 10 killing of eight in Plano, Texas , and the May 27 killing of eight in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi . The link?...
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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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