Racism and the politics of the beach

Column
Ana Deumert
28/11/2019
7 minutes to read

It's time to talk about racism and beach apartheid. Ana Deumert discusses ‘the beach’ as part of the settler-colonial imaginary in South Africa.

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Climate change and its denial by right-wing media

Article
Jorge Hovens
23/04/2019
13 minutes to read

An analysis of the climate change denial rhetoric from the American right-wing media like Breitbart, Fox News and The Blaze. 

The coronavirus, the attention economy and far-right junk news

Column
Ico Maly
24/03/2020
9 minutes to read

The coronavirus has devastating consequences for social life in all corners of the world. For some, this global pandemic is an opportunity to reach a wide audience, to make money or to further a political agenda. 

Chernobyl

Why Voices from Chernobyl is a must-read you will never forget (Svetlana Alexievich)

Review
Nataliia Vdovychenko
28/04/2020
14 minutes to read

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster is one of the most tragic events in European history. Nobel prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich covers the event in her book Voices from Chernobyl giving voice to multiple victims' perspectives through interviews.

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.

Ken M and wholesome trolling

Article
Iris Dumoulin
20/04/2020
10 minutes to read

Internet trolling: insults, off-topic comments, and weird jokes are something that we should avoid as much as possible. But is there a positive side to trolling? Ken M seems to be the perfect wholesome online troll.

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Revolutions, the digital divide and working-class media

Column
Ana Deumert
25/10/2018
7 minutes to read

Can digital media be used to organize revolutions and uprisings? Ana Deumert considers digital social inequalities in social media use, and explores their implications for developing a radical politics of the commons. 

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Mom-shamers vs. celebrities on Instagram

Article
Sanne Graumans
02/06/2020
7 minutes to read

Mom shamers have been around since forever and, sadly, social media has only helped to amplify their voices. When it comes to being especially vitriolic, they take aim at Hollywood moms. This article examines how this unfolds on Instagram.

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The COVID19 lockdown rules: How we learn and adjust

Column
Jan Blommaert
19/05/2020
7 minutes to read

The COVID19 lockdown crisis involves many of us rapidly learning and adjusting to entirely new rules, many of which used to be 'weird' until recently.

Twitter politics

Twitter politics: the next stage

Column
Jan Blommaert
14/01/2020
6 minutes to read

Two recent incidents on Twitter in the wake of the US attack on Iran's general Soleimani show us how Twitter continues to define politics as we know it.

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Revisiting the 2013 Dutch Integration Law

Article
Boudewijn Henskens
27/04/2020
11 minutes to read

The DIY philosophy the state promotes for those who want to integrate in Dutch society has resulted in a 50% decrease in those who pass the exams in the regular timeframe. What has the policy's role been in this? 

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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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Conservative critiques of identity politics as divisive

Column
Rosalyn Negrón
21/01/2020
11 minutes to read

Rosalyn Negron unpacks the logics that underlie conservative critiques of left identity politics and zooms in on the specific significance of this discursive frame among conservatives.

The New Right, Paul Joseph Watson and YouTube

Article
Carmen Gabriela Lupu
18/02/2019
10 minutes to read

This article deals with Paul Joseph Watson's YouTube career. As the Global New Right has quickly spread their content over the Internet, a new scene of New Right YouTubers has appeared.