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Russian Doll: Television in Digital Culture

Column
Suzanne van der Beek
14/02/2019
5 minutes to read

With Russian Doll, Netflix brings us a new innovative TV show that plays with video game storytelling, social media humor, and the bending of gendered stereotypes.

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The age of surveillance capitalism ( Shoshana Zuboff)

Review
Ico Maly
13/02/2019
12 minutes to read

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff deserves a productive public and academic debate. It should not only be read and discussed by a broad audience. Scholars across disciplines must engage with it. 

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Tik Tok, taking you to every corner of China!

Article
HONG HU
12/02/2019
12 minutes to read

In the process of globalization, Tik Tok, the most popular short video and social media app in China, greatly influences China's marginal areas on both government and individual layer.

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Professor José van Dijck on today's 'platform society'

Video
Inge Beekmans
11/02/2019

Who is responsible for public values in an online society? Professor José van Dijck talks about the challenges Europe is facing because of 'GAFAM' (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft) and the impact dataflows are having on our daily lives.

How did fake news run voters' opinions in the Brazilian elections

Article
Ana Clara Panontin Scarabelli
11/02/2019
21 minutes to read

Brazilian presidential election of 2018 became internationally known by the extreme rise of fake news. In this context, traditional media reappears as a counter-force for the fast spreads of false information.

Greta Thunberg and the #climatestrike are shaping the climate debate

Column
Piia Varis
07/02/2019
7 minutes to read

Through their online and offline activities, Greta Thunberg and the #climatestrike youth are successful in steering the discussion around climate change away from mere individualised solutions towards questions of systemic injustice.

Yinka Shonibare’s art as an expression of hybrid identity

Article
Fleur Aarts
06/02/2019
10 minutes to read

Yinka Shonibare plays with his hybrid identity as a British-Nigerian artist. In this analysis of 'The Swing', his layered cultural identity shines through. 

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Facebook is old: the Ford-T of social media just turned 15

Column
Jan Blommaert
05/02/2019
6 minutes to read

The very thing that has made Facebook great also makes it obsolete. Designed in the very early years of the 21st century and swept up in a wave of tremendous technological developments, Facebook now looks, and feels, almost medieval.

The bilingual Google Assistant: breakthrough or cause of inequality?

Article
Sammy Kossen
04/02/2019
9 minutes to read

Due to globalization, families are likely to speak multiple languages within one household. That is why Google made its voice assistant bilingual. Is this a breakthrough in the super-diverse world or just another cause of inequality?

Papiamentu, language ideology and language use in Curaçao

Paper
Ashna Coster
01/02/2019
14 minutes to read

Even though Curaçao was a former colony there are still certain tendencies in its society, especially regarding language, that make you wonder whether the colonial period has truly ended for the country. 

So, let's talk about food revolution

Column
Thi Phuong Anh Nguyen
31/01/2019
7 minutes to read

The truth of saving the world is way simpler than what we used to think. Changing your eating habit is the first step that anyone can take to change the world, and welcome to food revolution.

Fighting Liberal Democracy – An Attempt to classify Trump

Article
Sophia Würtz
30/01/2019
13 minutes to read

Observing Trump's actions is somehow contradictive - what we see is an economic nationalism on the one side, but neoliberal actions on the other side. This is why one could indeed speak of neoliberal nationalism.

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A peek into Salvini's taxonomy of migration

Column
Max Spotti
01/02/2019
4 minutes to read

The Italian Minister of Interior, Matteo Salvini, never misses an opportunity to entertain us with his law and order enforcement policies. But how destructive is his strong discourse on migration policies?

The November 13 Paris attacks

Article
Nine van Steen
28/01/2019
10 minutes to read

Loads of people got involved in the Paris attacks: perpetrators, Islamic State, victims, and the general public. In this article, these groups of people are brought in relation to online infrastructures. 

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January 26: Australia Day or Invasion Day?

Article
Georgia McAlpine
28/01/2019
15 minutes to read

In recent years, January 26th has been the date to celebrate Australia as a nation. But looking back on history, and its meaning for Indigenous Australians as the date of colonial invasion, there is a growing movement to abolish or move the day.

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How WeChat was used in the 2018 elections in The Hague

Column
Linmin Zheng
24/01/2019
6 minutes to read

This article analyzes the Chinees dimension of the 2018 election in The Hague, The Netherlands. On the basis of concrete data Linmin Zheng argues that even local politics have become translocal.