Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)

The financial problems in the early 1990s contributed to increased worries over the ability for the political system to handle difficult economic challenges, long-term. The Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) published a book in 1994, for which Hans Bergström was invited to analyze media's impact on time horizons in politics and governing. His essay analyzed how a “message inflation” tended to lead to shorter presentations and a new dramaturgy. In this “media twisted reality”, politics becomes more nervous and increasingly shortsighted. The dramaturgic criteria for intake in the media gradually tend to be adapted by career politicians as their criteria for output.