Check the video-interview with Dr. Piia Varis on conspiracy theories

GDPR

We're all data subjects now: the citizen in the European GDPR

Column
Jan Blommaert
24/05/2018
7 minutes to read

The new European GDPR generalizes the notion of the "data subject". But what exactly is the data subject? And how does it fit into a regulation which is fundamentally about the trading of Big Data?

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The Help (Movie director: Tate Taylor. Book author: Kathryn Stockett)

Review
Julia van der Staak
23/05/2018
7 minutes to read

The movie 'The Help', first released in 2011, is based on the well known and like-named novel, by Kathryn Stockett. The story is a good portrayal of multiculturalism and inequality within the American society of the 1960s. 

Why is Japan the ideal country according to the Alt-Right movement

Article
Carmen Gabriela Lupu
22/05/2018
5 minutes to read

The Alt-Right is keen on Japan, associating this nation with an ideal example of ethno-state.  In a country where approximately 98% is native Japanese, it has become the example of what a country should be like.

Conspiracy theorising online

Article
Piia Varis
21/05/2018
11 minutes to read

Conspiracy theorising online is not only an interesting object of research in itself, says Piia Varis (Tilburg University) but as a phenomenon it also seems fruitful ground for understanding present-day media, culture, and politics more generally.

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Dr. Piia Varis on conspiracy theories and digital culture

Video
The Editors
21/05/2018

Dr. Piia Varis (Tilburg University) is in the early stages of doing research into conspiracy theories, the dissemination of knowledge and the formation of online groups. Diggit Magazine had a video-interview with her. 

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How to -movies and virality: Male beauty bloggers

Paper
Nataliia Vdovychenko
22/05/2018
18 minutes to read

Male beauty bloggers are a new internet sensation with millions of followers, viral videos and inspiring life stories. How did they become so successful?

Orphan Black

Welcome to the Clone Club of Orphan Black (Graeme Manson and John Fawcett )

Review
Amber van As
22/05/2018
5 minutes to read

The science fiction series Orphan Black is all about human cloning and its consequences, which is still a controversial topic in science. This article provides a review of the impressive and informative series. 

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Eurovision 2018: Cowboys, Geisha’s and Metoo

Article
Inge van de Ven
15/05/2018
7 minutes to read

The Eurovision finale last Saturday sparked controversy regarding cultural appropriation by the winner. The online reception of this event is very revealing with respect to the politics of representation of our time.

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'Westworld' - The Contemporary Jurassic Park You Cannot Miss Watching (Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy)

Review
Kristiana Naydenova
14/05/2018
5 minutes to read

The new HBO series 'Westworld' is intelligent and full of mysteries for the patient viewer to uncover. Everyone interested in exploring the humand mind and behavior will love it. 

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Superdiversity within the Swifties

Article
Sam van Alebeek
07/05/2018
10 minutes to read

The fandom of Taylor Swift consists of people from places all over the world. However, they do wear the same merchandise and interact with each other on online platforms, so in what way exactly are Swifties superdiverse?