Events

Influencers: From Connectedness to Connectivity

Article
Mariosé Bergsteijn
02/12/2019
9 minutes to read

Online social life is not merely about human connectedness anymore. This article shows how influencers instead use automated connectivity to influence their audiences via social media platforms.

Stocks

Reddit's GameStop rush (doesn't) change(s) the stock market

Column
Nataliia Vdovychenko
02/02/2021
7 minutes to read

GameStop has shaken the stock market with the help of Reddit users, or at least that is wat the news suggests. What is certain is that for the first time in history, the news about stocks is talking about the 'online community' rather than the wolves of Wall Street. How did this shift happen, and what are the long-term consequences? 

The Pearl River Delta: a region of copycats or a center of innovation?

Article
Lennart Menger
14/01/2019
18 minutes to read

The Pearl River Delta, an economic miracle that is still struggling with a negative 'copycat' imago. Lennart Menger, a student from Tilburg University, argues to what extent the region has managed it to transform into a center of innovation.

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Slavic Union is on the rise in Eastern Europe

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
22/03/2019
20 minutes to read

Much of the information about Alt-Right nowadays comes from 'the West'. This is not very accurate, because the movement is strong and growing in Eastern Europe. This article describes the concept of Slavia and why we should know about it.

K-pop, kpop

Master-nims and K-pop's social media empire

Article
My Pham
10/02/2020
13 minutes to read

This short article digs into the case of K-pop and its master-nims. It introduces this new cultural power from Asia and its online strategy.

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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.

The power of online reviews in decision-making

Article
Nadine Visser
05/06/2020
11 minutes to read

Online reviews are widely used for decision-making in daily life. Reviews of entertainment objects (e.g. films, books) are used as evidence of their quality. In this paper, we discuss the construction of "experts" on cultural knowledge online.

England vs Ireland

Irish or English: the case of footballer Declan Rice

Article
Ot van de Rijzen
05/03/2021
12 minutes to read

An analysis of the discourse surrounding footballer Declan Rice's switch of national allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England in 2019.

Can ancestry tests become a threat to our privacy?

Article
Carmen Gabriela Lupu
13/09/2019
10 minutes to read

With the increasing popularity of ancestry tests, having our DNA used by big corporations might pose a threat to our privacy. This article analyzes the possible impact of such data-driven businesses on our lives.

Joe Biden wins 2020 presidential elections with the help of black voters

Joe Biden, George Floyd and #BLM: how Biden won the race for presidency.

Article
Nikki Lavrijssen
12/02/2021
19 minutes to read

This article demonstrates how presidential candidate Joe Biden profited from George Floyd's death and the consequent rise of the #BLM movement by using the situation to win over Black voters.  An analysis of his tweets reveals how he did this.

Master of None and Modern Romances on Television

Paper
Chi-chieh Huang
08/07/2020
13 minutes to read

The article analyzes Netflix romantic comedy series Master of None under the framework of narrative complexity. The analysis showcases how the series subverts common conventions of its genre.

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Why has Cultural Marxism become the enemy?

Column
Jan Blommaert
28/11/2019
13 minutes to read

Cultural Marxism is blamed for "globalism" and its discontents. Perhaps exploring globalization can be an alternative for this deeply flawed conspiracy theory.

Mukbang: A ludic way to have a meal

Column
Natalia Wijayanti
01/11/2018
5 minutes to read

Mukbang culture introduces a ludic way to enjoy food. In what way does this new approach to food challenge existing ideas on healthy living?