the fishermen are patient
their lines settle in clear water
their wide-brimmed hats
will keep off
on the boulevards meantime
carriages come and go
doctors to quiet basements
and children to circuses
music masters to doleful violins
and lovers to strange ceremonies
of whalebone and gardenias
the fishermen are unimpressed
over clear water
where the rod’s end dances
the world is almost
and everything that matters
about to happen
—Alasdair Paterson from Strictly Private
Norway : SOCIOLOGY
Roots and Wings
The need for community in the age of globalization becomes apparent when we employ the double vision of interdisciplinarity to the governance of fisheries
This summer one of our national TV channels put cameras on board a coastal steamer—the Hurtigruten—and followed it on its week-long voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes. The voyage was filmed non-stop, with hardly any narration added, and it broke the Guinness Record for the longest TV programme ever. You would think it would have been boring. Yet, no other TV programme in Norway has received such wide viewership.
The programme was an eyeopener for a lot of Norwegians, both in a literal and a figurative sense. An 85-yearold man who was interviewed said that it was the most wonderful TV programme he had ever seen and that he hadn’t slept for the whole week after it was telecast. Not only did the programme provide the viewers with a constant flow of images of wonderful natural landscapes in real time as the ship was passing by, but it also allowed them to observe vibrant communities, wherever the boat stopped and uploaded and unloaded passengers and cargo, alongside local people who showed up on the wharf with their music and art performances.
For a few weeks this summer, the TV show...