The politics of Karen memes

Paper
Pleun Kersten
17/05/2021
9 minutes to read

This article analyzes the 'karen' meme, and how it has evolved as a critique of white supremacy. 

The power of online reviews in decision-making

Article
Nadine Visser
05/06/2020
11 minutes to read

Online reviews are widely used for decision-making in daily life. Reviews of entertainment objects (e.g. films, books) are used as evidence of their quality. In this paper, we discuss the construction of "experts" on cultural knowledge online.

How ContraPoints commands the YouTube Stage

Article
Inge van de Ven
28/10/2019
11 minutes to read

Inge van de Ven examines YouTube vlogger ContraPoints as a public intellectual in the context of strategies of self-representation in the attention economy. 

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Master-nims and K-pop's social media empire

Article
My Pham
10/02/2020
13 minutes to read

This short article digs into the case of K-pop and its master-nims. It introduces this new cultural power from Asia and its online strategy.

Merch for the ok, boomer trend

Ok boomer and the 'generation war'

Article
Leonie Milder
22/01/2020
14 minutes to read

By now, everyone has heard of it. The term ‘ok boomer’ has gone viral. The term comes from 'Baby Boomer', a name for the generation born between 1946 and 1964. Now, it means something completely different as the 'generation war' rages on.

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Jane The Virgin: a westernized telenovela

Article
Emma Wieringa
27/04/2020
12 minutes to read

Telenovelas have been on Latin American television for a long time, but they are now starting to gain global attention. How does Jane the Virgin represent telenovelas in the western world?

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.

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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Pelosi and Trump: Choreographies of conflict

Column
Jan Blommaert
03/03/2020
10 minutes to read

Pelosi and Trump don't get along too well. A number of emblematic pictures document this conflict, and in each of them concrete body movements are sensed to tell the story.

How to be Kawaii in the 21st century?

Article
Seline Westerhof
28/10/2019
19 minutes to read

Kawaii is now found all over the internet. The Japanese term has become popular and is used by many over the world. However, due to this, it's historical sociopolitical meaning seems to be lost. Who decides what 'being Kawaii' means? 

A young woman with a sign at the Cincinnati #BlackLivesMatter public demonstration protest.

Black Lives Matter: Protesting in the hybrid media system

Paper
Rebecca de Jongh
14/05/2021
13 minutes to read

This paper analyses how the hybrid media system benefited BLM-protesters in summer 2020 following the death of George Floyd. People worldwide joined together to show their support for the cause, utilising social media to stay in touch.

"Dems Fraud": Far Right and Data Voids on DuckDuckGo.com

Article
Carmen Gabriela Lupu
30/11/2020
11 minutes to read

This article deals with the 'dems fraud' data void on DuckDuckGo. While striving to overcome filter bubbles, DuckDuckGo has been overtaken by the New Right's optimized information ecosystem that only spreads their views. 

It's a match: Tinder and Tourism

Article
Lieke van der Wielen
15/05/2019
8 minutes to read

Tinder Tourism is influencing the way we experience travel, but the way we travel is also changing Tinder 

Squatting Slavs: a culture, a stereotype or just a meme?

Article
Kristiana Naydenova
08/11/2018
18 minutes to read

Is the Squatting Slav phenomenon helping Slavs express themselves or is it ruining their reputation? This article explores the emergence, historical background, popularization, culture and language of the meme.