In January 2005 we were a group of enthusiastic academics who wanted to publish critical papers about media, technology and lifelong learning. We found a technological platform for publishing journal articles, did the necessary preparatory work for the journal to be registered, referenced and accepted as a formal Norwegian publication. Over the last decade we have published about 100 papers from Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. We have developed the video abstract as a genre and set some standards for open access publishing in Norway. We have collaborated with academics, groups and activists in the field of media education in order to promote new and challenging topics, and have managed, in our own opinion, to publish papers of wide interest and relevance. By using “Seminar.net” as the formal name of the journal, we intended to honor the idea of the seminar, which was first introduced as a teaching method at the university of Halle, in Germany in the late 17th century. The Seminar was a successful method, which opened for the voice of the participants, not only the professors, but for everyone taking part in the discourse.
In this issue we introduce four papers who are all significant contributions to the field.