Events

It's Giving Gay? - On the discourse about Shawn Mendes' sexuality

Paper
Jitske Verhagen
06/05/2022
10 minutes to read

In this paper, the discourse that emerged as a result of Shawn Mendes saying 'it's giving Cher' in his Vogue Met Gala video will be analysed. A look will be taken into why this led to people thinking he must be queer.

Screenshots from party bus footage Vindicat

The deviant image of student association Vindicat

Paper
Ruben den Boer
16/03/2022
16 minutes to read

How student association Vindicat tried to restore its own image by labeling individual members as 'deviants' (and failed). 

Brabantish at Huis ter Heide

Being one of them: Participating in an online community while researching cultural heritage

Article
Jos Swanenberg
02/08/2022
8 minutes to read

How can researchers use social media to empower speakers of local dialects? In this article, Jos Swanenberg explains how Facebook and Instagram helped him to collect data on language variation, while simultaneously connecting with members of the community and handing back the accumulated knowledge.

Fake news

Will AI save us from fake news?

Column
Nataliia Vdovychenko
10/12/2021
6 minutes to read

Attempts to decrease the spread of ‘fake news’ might come with the risks of censorship and control.

Friends: From progressive for its time to failing to age well

Paper
Daisy van Belzen
09/01/2023
13 minutes to read

Does a show from the 90s have a place in our current culture, or has it become too culturally outdated? This study aims to show how a contemporary audience deals with an older cultural expression.

Lifesum Food Tracker: The Dynamic Environment of Self-Tracking

Article
Savina Karneva
11/06/2021
12 minutes to read

People’s desire to exercise control over their lives is turning into a dominant practice with the emergence of all kinds of self-tracking apps that improve individuals’ quality of life and provide them with a deeper understanding of their habits.

Ariana Grande Then & Now

Ariana Grande switching from Positions

Article
Marjon Adil
16/01/2022
13 minutes to read

Ariana Grande started her career as the red haired tv series character Cat Valentine. This article analyses the different hairstyles connected to Ariana Grande's public and private personas.

The MCU is the Marvel Cinematic Universe: a franchise and shared-universe in which 23 movies produced by Marvel Studios take place.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe: a realistic fictional world

Paper
Renske Jacobs
01/08/2022
11 minutes to read

In this paper, we explore how Marvel Studios creates a fictional universe that remains realistic in its own right. The main focus is on the reality effect, the paradox of fiction and consistency in the movies' characters.

a.s.r Vitality Application

Step, track, shop, repeat: how an insurance company motivates clients to stay healthy

Video
Lily Francois
19/11/2021

The video explores how the a.s.r. Vitality app communicates societal health norms and how important notions in Michel Foucault’s work - the panopticon, social hygiene and care of the self - are applied to this phenomenon. 

It's Giving Gay? - On the discourse about Shawn Mendes' sexuality

Paper
Jitske Verhagen
06/05/2022
10 minutes to read

In this paper, the discourse that emerged as a result of Shawn Mendes saying 'it's giving Cher' in his Vogue Met Gala video will be analysed. A look will be taken into why this led to people thinking he must be queer.

Brabantish at Huis ter Heide

Being one of them: Participating in an online community while researching cultural heritage

Article
Jos Swanenberg
02/08/2022
8 minutes to read

How can researchers use social media to empower speakers of local dialects? In this article, Jos Swanenberg explains how Facebook and Instagram helped him to collect data on language variation, while simultaneously connecting with members of the community and handing back the accumulated knowledge.

Twitter Blackfishing exposed

Blackfishing on social media

Article
Blean Tsige
01/12/2018
11 minutes to read

The aim of this article is to explain the new trend of blackfishing as a social issue on digital media. Why do white celebrities want to appear black or biracial?

Famke Louise: The impact of social media on polarization

Article
Lily Francois
25/01/2023
10 minutes to read

Famke Louise got trapped in a filter bubble, which she vocalized with a #ikdoenietmeermee-movement. This called for surveillance as a reaction to her deviant behavior, resulting in influencer-incredibility.

Of Caring Connections: Well-Being, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Article
Inge van de Ven
02/12/2022
12 minutes to read

Bringing together an entrepreneurial and media studies perspective, we offer several suggestions for Tilburg University to help improve the well-being and quality of life for its academic staff.