Death Mentalities

In this video Ralf de Wolf discusses the ways in which we need privacy in order to have a well functioning democracy, and the ways in which our privacy and our society are being threatened by a misuse of new technologies.

How globalization changed Singapore

Article
Mariosé Bergsteijn
07/06/2019
16 minutes to read

The city-state Singapore is a prime example of how huge of an impact globalization can have. We can see this through Singapore developing from a small fishing town to a thriving megapolis.

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Kapitalisme bespreekbaar gemaakt (Vivek Chibber)

Review
Jan Blommaert
06/06/2019
9 minutes to read

Vivek Chibber biedt de beginner een uitstekende en vlot leesbare inleiding op het kapitalisme, met enkele doordenkertjes.

Brexit : An Online Battle With Offline Casualties

Article
Rebecca Jaffe
11/06/2019
13 minutes to read

In the 2016 Brexit referendum, the Leave campaign emerged victorious. This can be somewhat attributed to their effective use of social media strategies across multiple platforms. This article will explore how such tools produced this outcome. 

Meme communities and how to meme correctly

Interview
The Editors
03/06/2019

What are memes? And why is it important to study them? Ondřej Procházka is a PhD researcher affiliated with Charles University and Tilburg University. His research focuses on Internet meme communities and their sociolinguistic aspects.

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The K-Pop Fandom on Twitter

Article
Lola Vos
31/05/2019
17 minutes to read

K-Pop fans can now be found all over the world. Due to the mass organized fan actions, traditions, and complicated language, the K-Pop fandom sets itself apart from other fandoms. In this article I look at K-Pop fans on Twitter as a cultural niche.

The algorithmic populism of Matteo Salvini

Paper
Serena Guerra
29/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article analyses the communication and social media strategy of the Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini. How does he and his party use social media to create a community, spread anger and get consensus. Read this article to find out!

Cosplay

Cosplayers in the on- and offline world

Paper
Irene de Groot
27/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article analyses  cosplayer culture. It shedslight on who the cosplayer is, what they do, their norms and career in both an on- an offline environment. 

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I downloaded six period tracking apps and things got weird

Article
Victoria Mohr
24/05/2019
16 minutes to read

Using the concept of chronotopes, period tracking apps are analyzed for culturally significant priorities and constructions such as emphasis on fertility, medicalization, and feminity.

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Online dating with Babylon is Burning and Alex Schouten

Video
The Editors
23/05/2019

What are the do's and don't's of online dating? Diggit Magazine invited Alex Schouten in the studio of Babylon is Burning to give you scientific insight in the world of online dating. 

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The algorithmic public sphere and democracy

Paper
Aniek van den Brandt
25/05/2019
12 minutes to read

The public sphere has been controlled by humans for years, but in the last decade, there has been a shift from human gatekeepers to algorithmic ones. This essay describes the consequences this algorithmic culture has for the public sphere.

Emma Watson on Framing

Column
Jan Blommaert
21/05/2019
6 minutes to read

Emma Watson's Instagram reaction to the Alabama abortion bill accurately exposes the work of framing in public debates, and shows an educational use of social media. 

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Doxing and online communities

Article
Fleur d'Hollosy
20/05/2019
11 minutes to read

Describing how quintessential characteristics of globalization can facilitate in the phenomena of doxing. 

This is ... a modern protest song vs a nationalist agenda

Article
Jan Dijsselbloem
17/05/2019
15 minutes to read

Childish Gambino's protest song "This is America" fueled a whole range of international artists to make their voices heard. In this article, the contemporary protest song gives nationalist propaganda a much needed rationality check. 

It's a match: Tinder and Tourism

Article
Lieke van der Wielen
15/05/2019
8 minutes to read

Tinder Tourism is influencing the way we experience travel, but the way we travel is also changing Tinder