What We Talk About When We Talk About Guns

Article
Victoria Mohr
01/11/2018
12 minutes to read

This article examines how light communities on Twitter respond to mass shootings and gun violence, and how these responses entrench narratives and communities. 

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Dangers of being trapped in an echo chamber

Article
Eva de Jonge
04/10/2021
10 minutes to read

Algorithms, echo chamber and fake news. How echo chambers are created by algorithms and how fake news within them can cause many problems.

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When mHealth apps become unhealthy

Article
Kelsey van Tellingen
01/05/2019
10 minutes to read

Mhealth apps have become more popular in the last couple of years. Are we losing the connection with our body by using our mobile devices to tell us whether we are living a healthy lifestyle? We need more information about the use of health apps.

Finstagram: A chance to show the real 'you' on Istagram?

Paper
Emily van der Veen
04/09/2018
9 minutes to read

Finstagrams are a new social media phenomenon. This essay discusses why people are creating Finstagrams and argues why this is not necessarily a more true representation of yourself.  

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Political polarization in Ghent: a "radical" linguistic landscape

Article
Claudia Gerards
08/05/2020
32 minutes to read

With a shift towards the far-right, politics in Flanders have become rather polarized. In Ghent's linguistic landscape, we see counter noise coming from the left. What does this tell us about Ghent in the context of Flemish politics?

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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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.

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.

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Autobiographical vlogs: Telling one's life story online

Article
Jelske van Es
28/09/2020
13 minutes to read

New technologies allow people to disclose private information in vlogs online. Since these vlogs tell someone's story, in what way can they be considered autobiographical? As a case study, we examine Queen of Jet Lags' social media presence.

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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.

HBO’s Euphoria is not just another teen drama

Paper
Lola Vos
15/06/2020
9 minutes to read

Euphoria is a new HBO series that follows the lives of a circle of teenagers. In this paper, I describe how Euphoria is unlike any other show about teenagers on TV at the moment thanks to its storytelling techniques.

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Dangers of being trapped in an echo chamber

Article
Eva de Jonge
04/10/2021
10 minutes to read

Algorithms, echo chamber and fake news. How echo chambers are created by algorithms and how fake news within them can cause many problems.

The Metapolitics of Bioshock Infinite

Article
Daniel Obubo
17/05/2021
15 minutes to read

This article seeks to explore these themes in the world of Bioshock Infinite and analyze them from a metapolitical perspective. The article will examine how these themes play a role in our present-day political discourse.

VSCO girls on TikTok

Article
Marieke Weeda
10/02/2020
11 minutes to read

The phenomenon of VSCO girls started in the summer of 2019, but is now already waning. In this article, VSCO girls are approached as a micro-population. Their identity characteristics are examined along with their appreciation online.

Conlang: Fictional Languages and Online Communities

Article
Beau Swierstra
15/10/2020
12 minutes to read

Conlangs are getting more popular, especially because of the popularity of series like Game of Thrones. In shows, constructed languages are an important factor to create a storyworld. But fans speak conlangs also in reallife communities.