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Jordan Peterson as a human filter bubble

Academic paper
Inge van de Ven
21/06/2019
18 minutes to read

The case of Jordan Peterson demonstrates that in today’s public spheres, the figure of the public intellectual is not necessarily free from ulterior motives in filtering information for the general public.

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Ico Maly on algorithmic populism in Babylon's Burning

Video
The Editors
20/06/2019

Babylon is Burning has invited Ico Maly (Tilburg University) in the studio to talk about what he calls 'algorithmic populism' and activism in the digital age. How has digitalization affected politics and activism? 

The Bronies: The fandom and its stereotypes

Article
Melissa Weij
19/06/2019
13 minutes to read

Bronies are fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is magic and this article analyzes the stereotypical view on the Brony fandom. 

Centenary of Poland's Independence

Article
Julia Wysopal
17/06/2019
8 minutes to read

This article describes how Poland celebrated the centenary of its independence and how global media responded to it.

How ballroom culture is shaped by oppression

Paper
Tunde Farago
14/06/2019
10 minutes to read

In this paper, the two-dimensional forms of differentiation as documented in Paris is Burning will be discussed, with the aim to analyse how this shapes the ballroom culture.

In this video Ralf de Wolf discusses the ways in which we need privacy in order to have a well functioning democracy, and the ways in which our privacy and our society are being threatened by a misuse of new technologies.

How globalization changed Singapore

Article
Mariosé Bergsteijn
07/06/2019
16 minutes to read

The city-state Singapore is a prime example of how huge of an impact globalization can have. We can see this through Singapore developing from a small fishing town to a thriving megapolis.

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Kapitalisme bespreekbaar gemaakt (Vivek Chibber)

Review
Jan Blommaert
06/06/2019
9 minutes to read

Vivek Chibber biedt de beginner een uitstekende en vlot leesbare inleiding op het kapitalisme, met enkele doordenkertjes.

Brexit : An Online Battle With Offline Casualties

Article
Rebecca Jaffe
11/06/2019
13 minutes to read

In the 2016 Brexit referendum, the Leave campaign emerged victorious. This can be somewhat attributed to their effective use of social media strategies across multiple platforms. This article will explore how such tools produced this outcome. 

Meme communities and how to meme correctly

Interview
The Editors
03/06/2019

What are memes? And why is it important to study them? Ondřej Procházka is a PhD researcher affiliated with Charles University and Tilburg University. His research focuses on Internet meme communities and their sociolinguistic aspects.

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.

The algorithmic populism of Matteo Salvini

Paper
Serena Guerra
29/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article analyses the communication and social media strategy of the Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini. How does he and his party use social media to create a community, spread anger and get consensus. Read this article to find out!

Cosplay

Cosplayers in the on- and offline world

Paper
Irene de Groot
27/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article analyses  cosplayer culture. It shedslight on who the cosplayer is, what they do, their norms and career in both an on- an offline environment. 

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I downloaded six period tracking apps and things got weird

Article
Victoria Mohr
24/05/2019
16 minutes to read

Using the concept of chronotopes, period tracking apps are analyzed for culturally significant priorities and constructions such as emphasis on fertility, medicalization, and feminity.