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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.

In the second episode of Babylon's Burning, we talk with Chrissy Cook (Tilburg University) on her research on trolls and trolling. Chrissy has spent the last four years of her life dedicated to studying this phenomenon.

Hydrate or diedrate: The Studyblr community on Tumblr

Article
Iris Dumoulin
20/03/2019
14 minutes to read

Pretty notes, reminders to drink water and motivational quotes are all part of the Studyblr community. With their dedication to studying, they inspire people all over the world to be productive. What is the story of these "perfect" students?

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What’s in a word: Neoliberalism or capitalism?

Column
Christian Chun
20/03/2019
5 minutes to read

Is there a difference between capitalism and neoliberalism? And what are the affordances of employing one term over another? Does this matter? According to Christian Chun (University of Massachusetts Boston) it does matter. 

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White terrorism, white genocide and metapolitics2.0

Column
Ico Maly
20/03/2019
7 minutes to read

The terrorist attack in New Zealand has an offline and an online dimension and it is crucial that we take this online/offline nexus on board when analyzing contemporary white terrorism. says Ico Maly (Tilburg University).

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Everything you need to know about otaku

Article
Federica Morgandi
15/03/2019
17 minutes to read

Otaku is a subculture that originated in Japan. It later spread internationally because of globalization. As a consequence, internet communities of otaku grew. There are sometimes converging, other times diverging features.

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On being diagnosed with irony poisoning

Column
Piia Varis
14/03/2019
8 minutes to read

What is irony poisoning? And should we really take it seriously as scholars? Piia Varis (Tilburg University) joins the debate. 

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Dr. Linnet Taylor on data justice

Video
The Editors
13/03/2019

Would you like to live in a world with perfect discrimination? Probably not. That's why thinking and talking about data justice is important. Dr. Linnet Taylor from Tilburg University explains.

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Where have the Chinese public intellectuals gone?

Column
Mingyi Hou
12/03/2019
9 minutes to read

In the democratization paradigm the focus is on the question to what extent media institutions are free from state intervention. In this column, Mingyi Hou questions the usefulness of this paradigm to explain why Chinese public intellectuals seem to be disappearing.

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Smart cities and the imagined objectivity of data

Article
Sammy Kossen
12/03/2019
10 minutes to read

Smart Cities are not only about optimizing people's lives, but also lead to new forms of surveillance and directing people towards normative behavior. Big brother is watching you.

What makes a vlog a vlog?

Academic paper
Marissa K. Wood
08/03/2019
30 minutes to read

Looking at the “vlog” as a speech event, Hymes’s SPEAKING model is used to identify its contextual and interactional parameters. Conclusively, vlogging is a complex genre of new media with potential for extensive influence.

Is Google politically biased?

Article
Tunde Farago
07/03/2019
9 minutes to read

In this article, the issue of political bias is analyzed in relation to the algorithms behind the Google search engine.

What linguistic landscapes hide

Column
Jan Blommaert
11/03/2019
6 minutes to read

Offline linguistic landscapes hide a lot that only becomes overt when one traces these landscapes to their online extensions. It is by this move that we begin to get a grasp of the real complexity of "local" phenomena in a superdiverse world.

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I’m an Instagram Influencer, what do you do for a living?

Article
Lisa Veraa
04/03/2019
13 minutes to read

The globalization stage we live in can best be defined as a network society. This network society has brought us new 'jobs' like the Instagram influencer. What does this say about how our current society affects the way we view work?