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Misogyny: A Gaming Company against the Community

Article
Clara Daniels
11/01/2022
17 minutes to read

The gamer stereotype is slowly changing which is shown through the community's response to the misogynic activities that the gaming company Blizzard-Activision engaged in.

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Convergence culture in the video game industry

Paper
Szymon Zbiegniewski
05/12/2022
10 minutes to read

The NorCal and SCal culture industries are converging on multiple levels, and one of them is the video game industry. This paper explores how Fortnite revolutionized the way we perceive games.

Decolonizing the Universal Museum

Paper
Daniel Obubo
21/01/2022
10 minutes to read

This article focuses on globalisation, universalism and the concept of the universal museum while dissecting The Declaration on the Importance and Value of Universal Museums through the context of stolen artefacts like the Benin Bronzes. 

Crystals and Detox Juices: How Wellness Culture Keeps Us Sick

Article
Michelle Saris
01/03/2023
12 minutes to read

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?

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The mockumentary film and TV show ‘What We Do In The Shadows’

Paper
Kelly Burnet
13/01/2023
17 minutes to read

Modern cinema and popular culture are not done with vampirism. The award-winning mockumentary film and show 'What we do in the shadows' features vampires, and other monsters, trying to make sense of modern life.

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The hate machine: how Bolsonaro makes use of algorithmic knowledge

Article
Larissa Andrade Pereira
11/01/2022
15 minutes to read

This paper aims to illustrate how Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro - and his communication strategists also known as the “hate cabinet” - make use of algorithmic knowledge in order to circulate his message and ideology in the hybrid media system.

Behind the Curtain: “1984”’s Aesthetics of Immediacy

Article
Inge van de Ven
25/01/2024
12 minutes to read

The TV ad “1984” introducing Apple's Macintosh PC has many intertexts—from the aesthetics of fascism to Plato to The Truman Show. This article discusses the video’s ‘aesthetics of immediacy.’

Not just a Meme, a Masterpiece: Literacy in Classical Art Memes

Paper
Isobel Huisman
10/11/2023
13 minutes to read

Memes are an important phenomenon in contemporary society.  Meme or not, there is a story to be told behind every remix of classical art. This paper dives into the world of stories that are hiding behind classical art memes.

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Gender-neutral language use: hype or trend?

Article
Lisa Reijmers
02/06/2023
14 minutes to read

Gender-neutral language use is an increasingly accepted topic. This article dives into the origin of people’s desire to use of a more gender-neutral language.

East Side Gallery - globalized monument in one of Europe's capitals

Article
Gabriel Kuczyński
21/06/2023
12 minutes to read

East Side Gallery is one of the most famous landmarks in Berlin. For decades it has hosted a flow of ideas and critiques about Europe's troubled past. This essay explores its significance through the lens of globalization.

It's Giving Gay? - On the discourse about Shawn Mendes' sexuality

Paper
Jitske Verhagen
06/05/2022
11 minutes to read

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.

Nebula: A (partially) creator-owner streaming service

Nebula: What does creator-owned mean?

Article
Joël Eduard Nicholas Grassère
11/10/2023
21 minutes to read

Nebula is a streaming site that combines capitalist and socialist ideas. Worker exploitation and commodified individualism are addressed on the site, through infrastructures. Meanwhile, they also provide a platform for leftist discourses