Deseggregation,

On racism and how to read Hannah Arendt

Column
Ana Deumert
27/02/2020
8 minutes to read

In this column Ana Deumert looks at the work of Hannah Arendt. She asks how scholars can engage with her work, given the persistent presence of racist tropes in her writings.

An ACE Family picture.

The "perfect life" of the ACE family

Article
Merel Blesgraaf
10/03/2020
10 minutes to read

In the seemingly perfect life of the ACE Family, there are many luxuries to be seen and "admired", from Range Rovers to building a new house. Still, they portray themselves as being a 'normal' family. But how normal are they?

England vs Ireland

Irish or English: the case of footballer Declan Rice

Article
Ot van de Rijzen
05/03/2021
12 minutes to read

An analysis of the discourse surrounding footballer Declan Rice's switch of national allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England in 2019.

David Attenborough's Instagram account

David Attenborough: From Naturalist to Instagram Famous

Article
Tessa Visser
13/01/2021
10 minutes to read

David Attenborough, a ground-breaking naturalist, has had a successful career on media such as television and radio. However, he still felt the need associate himself with new media like Instagram. This article speculates on why that may be.

Leonardo DiCaprio and his activism

Leonardo DiCaprio and online activism

Article
Iris Dumoulin
26/02/2020
13 minutes to read

Leonardo DiCaprio has been stealing hearts since the '90s. But next to his acting, he has also been an environmental activist. To this day, his online posts encourage others to change the world. Can such a famous actor honestly be an activist?

Jair Bolsonaro

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.

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Naver, a South Korean media empire

Article
Jessaline Tanjung
10/08/2020
11 minutes to read

Many are aware that Naver, South Korea's number 1 search engine, is different from other such engines, but not many know where its differences lie. This articles presents an overview of how Naver functions, ensuring users remain engaged and loyal.

Digital literacy problem of homelessness in pandemic

Digital exclusion of the homeless in America: COVID-19's impact

Article
Leonie Milder
21/06/2021
11 minutes to read

Many homeless people in the U.S. could not receive their stimulus checks due to COVID-19 restrictions, such as the closing of public spaces with internet access. How can they be digitally included in the midst of a pandemic?

Women being watched by cameras

Women and online privacy: Understanding the privacy paradox

Paper
Rebecca de Jongh
07/09/2020
9 minutes to read

Women find themselves at a crossroads where their online presence could lead to empowerment or to added scrutiny. What is the privacy paradox and what happens to women when they face it?

QAnon members along with Trump supporters

QAnon: The political capital of a conspiracy theory

Article
Lora Ditchev
10/05/2021
16 minutes to read

This article examines how QAnon became an umbrella for a variety of far-right conspiracy theories, and in unifying these ideas produced real political turmoil. 

Selfie taking at a museum

The impact of Instagrammable Exhibitions

Article
Chiara Palsgraaf
09/11/2020
11 minutes to read

Art museums have started to create Instagrammable exhibitions, which focus on the experience, interactivity, and aesthetics. By making the exhibitions photogenic, they hope to lure social media users to the museum.

Spotify Wrapped abstract visual

What does your Spotify Wrapped say about you?

Article
Ruben den Boer
13/01/2022
10 minutes to read

Spotify Wrapped has become a fun holiday tradition. But in reality, it actually says something about the identity you portray online, contemporary culture, and the influence of tech companies.

Self-Tracking Data and its Commercial Uses

Article
Marieke Hendriks
26/10/2020
14 minutes to read

The commercialization of self-tracking data introduces new privacy risks as a consequence of the 'biovalue' that health and medical information have in the digital data economy. 

How to become an e-girl on TikTok

Article
HONG HU
27/07/2020
9 minutes to read

This article examines TikTok "e-girls" as an online phenomenon. We examine what kind of posts e-girls make on the medium constructing their identity, and how this identity can be assumed by users who do not identify as part of the e-girl community.