Live anywhere in the world and travel anytime you want: according to Airbnb, we'll soon all live a flexible lifestyle. This case study analyzes how Airbnb constructs a techno-utopian vision of the world.
The article discusses the phenomenon of Banksy's art and its artistic and cultural value in relation to his anonymity. As a case study, Banksy's work exemplifies the intertwining of media, art, and activism in this day and age.
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.
This article shows how easily consumable trends such as “He’s a 10 but…” contribute to building dating discourse around an unachievable ideal and actively invite the audience to judge the statements made by the women involved in these interviews.
Individuals are constantly in the state of being surveilled. This article deals with peer surveillance on the internet and how this surveillance converges with the offline world into an online-offline nexus event.
What is it like to live in a city that is considered 'ugly' by most of the people you know? Online discussions about the planned demolition of The blue building demonstrate how some inhabitants of Tilburg construct narratives regarding their city's 'beautiful ugliness', while other Tilburgers reject their ironic and humorous attitude.
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.
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.
Methodology may not be the most juicy stuff in academia, but it is crucial if we want to produce more than just opinions. In this article, Ico Maly stresses the importance of an empirical-interpretative methodology for social scientists.
Big Data is the new gold. However, what exactly do platforms know about us? This case study is going to explore transparency in data collection of Google and Apple to answer the question of who we are in the eyes of tech giants.
Matteo Salvini is a prominent figure in Italian politics. Part of his influence comes from a successful combination of traditional and digital media advertising. In this article, it is discussed how Salvini manages to stay ahead of the competition.
Burning sage, cleansing your energy with crystals, and meditation retreats; all are examples of the so-called movement of wellness culture which spread through social media. But is it actually making us healthier, or is it maybe keeping us sick?
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.