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The Rationality of the Benevolent Ones: A Swedish Case of Far Right-Wing Objectivity Ideal and Media Criticism around World War II
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2016 (English)In: Media History, ISSN 1368-8804, E-ISSN 1469-9729Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

By examinating the National Society Sweden-Germany (Riksföreningen Sverige-Tyskland) 1938–1958, this article highlights a key aspect of far right-wing opinion building, namely its media criticism and objectivity ideal. Far right-wing opinion building is too often depicted as easily comprehensible and appealing to strong emotions. If its objectivity-oriented and neutrality-footed media criticism with scholarly and non-political overtones is taken into consideration a more nunaced understanding can be reached. The article relates this criticism to the Swedish Government’s information policy, to notions of the historic role of the press as a propaganda channel, to ideals in contemporary journalism, and to a tradition of conservative media criticism. By uncovering the rationality that supported them, the purpose is ultimately to understand the attraction these standpoints could exercise. Since these ways to argue hardly died with the war a deeper historical understanding appears the more imperative.

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right-wing propaganda, media criticism, objectivity ideal, Nazism, Sweden, National Society Sweden-Germany
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History of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294152OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294152DiVA: diva2:929012
Bruna nätverk bland svenska intellektuell under mellankrigstiden och andra världskriget
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
Available from: 2016-05-17 Created: 2016-05-17 Last updated: 2016-05-17

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