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E-boys and the emergence of new subcultures

Article
Gabriel Kuczyński
14/04/2021
9 minutes to read

This article examines the e-boy phenomenon and a Reddit discussion on why they should not wear band t-shirts and Thrasher merchandise, with a focus on gatekeeping and stereotypes.

The algorithmic populism of Matteo Salvini

Paper
Serena Guerra
29/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article analyses the communication and social media strategy of the Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini. How does he and his party use social media to create a community, spread anger and get consensus. Read this article to find out!

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How convergence culture makes BoJack Horseman possible

Article
Rebecca de Jongh
21/04/2020
7 minutes to read

The way we watch television has drastically changed since the nineties. We no longer simply consume, we participate. This article examines BoJack Horseman as a case study to explain how convergence culture has altered the way we consume media.

K-Pop as a Linguistic Phenomenon

K-Pop as a linguistic phenomenon

Article
Luna-Anastasia Riedel
09/03/2020
13 minutes to read

The interest in Korean pop music has been rising over the last couple of years making the Korean Wave grow. As part of its fan following, K-Pop has developed into a unique linguistic phenomenon, whereby fans are familiarized with Korean.

Understanding "I'm Still Here". This can't be real, right?

Paper
Hanne Hermens
16/09/2020
15 minutes to read

This essay explores the confusion that was ignited by the film I'm Still Here (2010) by analysing its form, purpose and content and comparing it to other forms of film. 

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Doxing and online communities

Article
Fleur d'Hollosy
20/05/2019
11 minutes to read

Describing how quintessential characteristics of globalization can facilitate in the phenomena of doxing. 

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Disney Parks and soft globalization

Article
Joël Grassère
14/02/2020
14 minutes to read

Disney has spread its Parks all over the world but faces new challenges that can only be solved by adapting its product to local cultures. The article explores how local and global forces together with Disney's identity influence their products.

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Will the #MeTooVoters make a difference in the 2020 elections?

Article
Maartje van Wagenberg
09/03/2020
11 minutes to read

The founders of the #MeToo movement have recently launched a new hashtag: #MeTooVoter. What is the purpose of this hashtag and what are the chances of success for the #MeTooVoter movement in the 2020 elections? 

What is 'Live Facial Recognition' and how dangerous is it?

Article
Lea Goeron
23/11/2020
11 minutes to read

In a more and more digitalised world new technologies are on the rise. This article explores what live facial recognition is and what dangers and possible threats it introduces.

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Lifting: a weapon against capitalism or boredom?

Article
Lea Goeron
27/02/2019
11 minutes to read

The lifting community on Tumblr keeps growing and growing. Calling themselves lifters, they take over a controversial niche on the quirky and queer website. They're bragging about stolen goods online, gain followers, likes and reshares.

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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. 

Eurovision as a platform for international politics

Article
Anouk Smeets
24/03/2020
15 minutes to read

This article examines how the Eurovision Song Contest can become a platform for contestants to make political statements through their performances and the curation of their identities.