We’ve had a great time covering Iceland Airwaves and discovering and reporting on Icelandic culture. Here’s an Icelandic cultural interview culled from our time there. Be sure to stay tuned for our final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1. Visit our Iceland Airwaves blog to read/hear more from our time in Iceland.
Following the discovery of mass government surveillance, the conversation surrounding Internet freedoms and amnesty from regulation changed. It was a tangible aspect of understanding the neutrality debate centers around legislation. In Iceland, laws were implemented to protect the spread of information and whistleblowers online. In the U.S., Internet providers are seeking to expand their profits by controlling browsing speeds. Listen to interviews with the executive director of the Icelandic Modern Media Institute, Gudjon Idir and anthropologist studying information politics related to Icelandic data centers, Alix Johnson.
No matter where you are in the world, mass protests can get out of hand, and the police sometimes have little patience for it. In Ferguson, Missouri, protesters began setting fires, looting stores and clashing with police. In return, the police flaunted military-grade weapons in response. It’s a pretty common scenario.
But Iceland had a revolution in 2008 that forced the government to resign, and some consider it to be one of the more peaceful revolutions in history. Listen to learn how Icelanders, in part, were able to accomplish this.
The Icelandic language at a glance to anyone who doesn’t know it, is strange and intimidating. But to Icelanders it’s a thing of poetry and beauty, it’s a national pride. Listen as Thorhaller Eythorsson and Torfi Tulinius, professors of linguistics at the University of Iceland, discuss the languages long history, and how over the last 800 years it’s resisted outside influences and remained purely Icelandic.