The Risks of Civil Disobedience Influenced by Online Culture

Academic paper
Bas Keemink
14/12/2022
17 minutes to read

On the basis of Ernesto Laclau's theory of political movements and current societal changes, this paper demonstrates that actions of civil disobedience in modern society that adhere to Arendt's criteria still have unfavorable effects.

Barbenheimer: Affirming Stereotypes In Meme Culture

Article
Wessel Joosten
12/04/2024
11 minutes to read

In 2023, the films "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer" sparked the online trend "Barbenheimer," leading to memes and humor. This paper analyzes a specific video related to "Barbenheimer," exploring its popularity and discursive function.

The trade-off between privacy or public health

Paper
Noa Reijnen
16/05/2022
10 minutes to read

This paper aims to analyze how De Jonge and the Parliament have approached and reacted to a data breach at the GGD. The underlying question of this case is whether the Dutch society should value privacy or public health more.

Portret of Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro in the hybrid media system: methodology and methods

Article
Ruben den Boer
12/04/2023
12 minutes to read

This article presents a detailed account of the methodologies and methods we deployed while investigating how Ben Shapiro uses mainstream digital media to have a voice in the hybrid media system.

BIOR: local vs global voices in a case of cultural appropriation

Paper
Andreea-Diana Dobrescu
13/03/2023
13 minutes to read

This essay explores the concept of cultural appropriation in a globalized world, examining its various forms, its impact on marginalized communities, and the power dynamics between local and global voices.

The Risks of Civil Disobedience Influenced by Online Culture

Academic paper
Bas Keemink
14/12/2022
17 minutes to read

On the basis of Ernesto Laclau's theory of political movements and current societal changes, this paper demonstrates that actions of civil disobedience in modern society that adhere to Arendt's criteria still have unfavorable effects.

Tommaso Venturini

Tommaso Venturini on Controversy Mapping

Video
The Editors
19/09/2022

Tommaso Venturini avoided questions about the meaning of 'controversies' and 'Controversy Mapping'. But that's no longer the case. In this video, he explains what 'Controversy Mapping' is and why it is relevant.

Lessons in Reading

Article
Odile Heynders
07/07/2023
12 minutes to read

According to Odile Heynders, students often lack the skill of engaging in a hermeneutic dialogue, which is defined as the capability of bringing up various questions in response to a text and the author's position and, subsequently, the ability to formulate various answers. In this article, Heynders engages with Philippe Lançon's Le lambeau in order to address this issue.

Promotional art for the release of the new region in Genshin Impact

Representation in Genshin Impact: Can Fantasy be Racist?

Article
Anna Skorodihina
15/02/2023
7 minutes to read

Genshin Impact is a role-play fantasy game that has been recently accused of racist undertones. This paper looks at the fandom's response to determine whether fictional worlds and characters can be misrepresentative.

How Google Arts & Culture is challenging and reproducing ‘The Museum’

Article
Inge Beekmans
21/11/2022
21 minutes to read

While cultural heritage professionals are debating ethical issues and the future of museums, arts and culture, the Google Arts & Culture project is displaying human remains and stolen objects online. This article explores how Google's reach and technical affordances might impact efforts to transform the fields of cultural heritage and museology. 

Getting through Amazon's The Rings of Power for the memes

Article
Inge Beekmans
18/09/2022
21 minutes to read

Various media have highlighted the racism that imbues the angry reactions of Lord of the Rings fans to The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. An analysis of the memes that were created in response to the series.

When Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron wrote The Californian Ideology over 25 years ago, people believed the whole world would soon resemble the United States. Today, the situation appears much different. China appears to be the most futuristic country in the world and the United States, together with its  monopolistic tech companies, might represent a past we'd want to leave behind sooner rather than later.