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Everything you need to know about otaku

Article
Federica Morgandi
15/03/2019
17 minutes to read

Otaku is a subculture that originated in Japan. It later spread internationally because of globalization. As a consequence, internet communities of otaku grew. There are sometimes converging, other times diverging features.

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Slavic Union is on the rise in Eastern Europe

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
22/03/2019
20 minutes to read

Much of the information about Alt-Right nowadays comes from 'the West'. This is not very accurate, because the movement is strong and growing in Eastern Europe. This article describes the concept of Slavia and why we should know about it.

Framing 'Shirkers' as a first person documentary

Paper
Chen Li
20/09/2019
16 minutes to read

Shirkers (2018) is a documentary about athe mysterious personal experience of Sandi Tan, the filmmaker herself. Based on cognitive frame, this paper analyzes the textual, contextual, and real-world referential signals of 'Shirkers' (2018).

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Lifting: a weapon against capitalism or boredom?

Article
Lea Goeron
27/02/2019
11 minutes to read

The lifting community on Tumblr keeps growing and growing. Calling themselves lifters, they take over a controversial niche on the quirky and queer website. They're bragging about stolen goods online, gain followers, likes and reshares.

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Big Man politics 2.0

Column
Jan Blommaert
22/11/2018
5 minutes to read

Big Man politics used to be an exotic and marginal phenomenon, but algoritmic populists such as Bolsonaro, Trump, Orbán and others made it one of the dominant formats of 21st century power.

Hydrate or diedrate: The Studyblr community on Tumblr

Article
Iris Dumoulin
20/03/2019
14 minutes to read

Pretty notes, reminders to drink water and motivational quotes are all part of the Studyblr community. With their dedication to studying, they inspire people all over the world to be productive. What is the story of these "perfect" students?

Liberalism, aka ‘the left’ in the US?

Column
Christian Chun
23/04/2019
5 minutes to read

In his new column, Christian Chun zooms in on the use of 'liberalism' and 'liberals' as a synonym for the left in United States. Socialism and the left should should not be conflated with liberalism. 

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AfD’s online movements: activism or slacktivism?

Article
Emily van der Veen
01/11/2018
15 minutes to read

This article provides a detailed and analytical look at online movements related to the AfD. It shows how these movements take action and what the results of these actions are. 

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Freedom, Authenticity, and Traveling

Article
Hilde Van De Laar
18/09/2019
12 minutes to read

Travelers these days are not that free and authentic as they were years ago. Travelers get influenced and followed provided by technological opportunities what results in a market mechanism of fake authenticity.  

Trumps Tweetopoetics

Column
Jan Blommaert
24/11/2018
6 minutes to read

Trump speaks in tweets. But his tweets are made for speaking too.

The evolution of YouTube stars

Article
Lola Vos
16/09/2019
13 minutes to read

The content on YouTube has changed tremendously over the past few years. This article looks at the changes in content by some of the biggest YouTube creators and discusses potential reasons for these changes.

Is Google politically biased?

Article
Tunde Farago
07/03/2019
9 minutes to read

In this article, the issue of political bias is analyzed in relation to the algorithms behind the Google search engine.

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The Global Compact on Migration and its discontents

Column
Jan Blommaert
12/12/2018
7 minutes to read

The Global Compact for Migration has "evidence-based public discourse" as one of its objectives. Remarkably, this requirement has led to huge controversy. Are we moving towards a fact-free open society?

Centenary of Poland's Independence

Article
Julia Wysopal
17/06/2019
8 minutes to read

This article describes how Poland celebrated the centenary of its independence and how global media responded to it.