Mukbang: A ludic way to have a meal

Column
Natalia Wijayanti
01/11/2018
5 minutes to read

Mukbang culture introduces a ludic way to enjoy food. In what way does this new approach to food challenge existing ideas on healthy living?

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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.

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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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Persepolis: an autobiographical graphic novel

Article
Susanne Vermeeren
22/11/2019
12 minutes to read

What are the advantages of writing your autobiography as a graphic novel, rather than a novel? This paper analyzes Satrapi's Persepolis as an autobiographical graphic novel.

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Online gravedigging, identity and privacy

Column
Mingyi Hou
18/02/2020
11 minutes to read

This article analyzes gravedigging as a digital practice, and illustrates its roles in online shaming and celebrity image management activities.

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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.  

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A look behind the scenes of click farms

Article
Idhuna Pastoor
29/04/2019
10 minutes to read

Have you heard of click farms? They manipulate the algorithms on social media, and make use of the popularity principle to create visibility online. But are click farms actually a legal business?

How Instagram affects the way we eat

Article
Lisa Anthony
17/12/2019
9 minutes to read

Avocado toasts, rainbow bagels and crazy milkshakes are all the rage today in the food scene, and Instagram has a large role to play in this. “Instagrammable” food has changed the way we view food, and consume it as well.

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.

In the second episode of Babylon's Burning, we talk with Chrissy Cook (Tilburg University) on her research on trolls and trolling. Chrissy has spent the last four years of her life dedicated to studying this phenomenon.

Can ancestry tests become a threat to our privacy?

Article
Carmen Gabriela Lupu
13/09/2019
10 minutes to read

With the increasing popularity of ancestry tests, having our DNA used by big corporations might pose a threat to our privacy. This article analyzes the possible impact of such data-driven businesses on our lives.