Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil's 'I Weigh' movement and its weight on society

Article
Lea Goeron
06/01/2020
9 minutes to read

In this article, we deal with the concept of body positivity, Jameela Jamil's 'I Weigh' movement on social media, and how she is trying to make the online world a safer place for teenagers and adolescents insecure about their image. 

Betsy Rymes

Diggit profile: Betsy Rymes on citizen sociolinguistics

Interview
Jan Blommaert
11/03/2020

Betsy Rymes (UPenn GSE) talks about how she engaged with 'citizen sociolinguistics' and turned it into a new field of online-offline sociolinguistic research.

K-pop, K-pop fandom, Twitter

The K-Pop Fandom on Twitter

Article
Lola Vos
31/05/2019
17 minutes to read

K-Pop fans can now be found all over the world. Due to the mass organized fan actions, traditions, and complicated language, the K-Pop fandom sets itself apart from other fandoms. In this article I look at K-Pop fans on Twitter as a cultural niche.

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The George Floyd Uprising and Anti-Racist Culture Change

Column
Rosalyn Negrón
18/06/2020
9 minutes to read

As of today, protests condemning George Floyd's murder by police officer Derek Chauvin have taken place in all 50 U.S. states (more than 750 U.S. cities), and in more than 60 countries. The anger and despair that was channeled through massive uprisings, now mingle with hope and possibility. A return to status quo appears to no longer be politically viable.

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? 

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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Online gravedigging, identity and privacy

Column
Mingyi Hou
18/02/2020
11 minutes to read

This article analyzes gravedigging as a digital practice, and illustrates its roles in online shaming and celebrity image management activities.

Skaters in Eindhoven

When are you 'skater enough' in Eindhoven?

Article
Tinka Krikke
14/04/2020
10 minutes to read

Skaters in Eindhoven seem to form communities with their own norms and ideas about authenticity. How does one become an authentic skater in the city and how do they represent themselves on social media?

beirut

Capharnaüm: an engaging story about Beirut

Article
Nadine Visser
13/05/2020
15 minutes to read

Capharnaüm is a realistic docudrama about a twelve-year old boy who wants to sue his parents. This paper discusses the realism and effects on the audience.

Lady Gaga on the red carpet

Little Monsters: The fans behind Lady Gaga

Article
Juul Seuren
06/04/2020
11 minutes to read

Pop artist and icon Lady Gaga has a huge fanbase who call themselves Little Monsters. These Little Monsters can be described as a social group. This article introduces them and focuses on how they function as a group in today's society.

Ellen DeGeneres: talk show host or CIA agent?

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
16/03/2020
11 minutes to read

In 2018, people believed that Eric Trump suggested that Ellen DeGeneres is part of a hidden government within the US. This essay analyzes how this conspiracy theory has come into existence, who plays a role in it, and what this means online.

Contemporary vampires: Should we be afraid of the dark?

Article
Savina Karneva
22/05/2020
12 minutes to read

Real vampires live among us. Who are they, what indexes a "real vampire", and are they a threat to society? This article delves into what shapes real vampires into a deviant social group.

backpacking, new zealand, identity

Backpackers and identity in the digital world

Paper
Linmin Zheng
10/01/2020
20 minutes to read

This paper analyzes backpackers as a micro-population. It demonstrates how I produce part of my identity on and offline as a member of this transnational micro-population in the digital world.