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Birds Aren't Real: a post-truth 'conspiracy' paradox

Article
Lily Francois
11/01/2022
7 minutes to read

The Birds Aren't Real is a parody social movement with a purpose: making fun of misinformation in a post-truth world dominated by online conspiracy theories

How an insurance company motivates clients to stay healthy: the a.s.r. Vitality app

Article
Isabelle Cijsouw
18/05/2021
16 minutes to read

This article explores how the a.s.r. Vitality app communicates societal health norms and shows how important notions in Michel Foucault’s work - the panopticon, social hygiene and the care of the self - can be applied to this phenomenon.

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Instagram Poetry: Am I Good Enough for my Own Endeavor?

Article
Audrey Frijns
14/10/2022
8 minutes to read

Poetry on Instagram is becoming increasingly popular. This article explores if poetry can truly shake its connotations with elitism and how Instagram pages attract an audience that performs visibility labor.

The trade-off between privacy or public health

Paper
Noa Reijnen
16/05/2022
10 minutes to read

This paper aims to analyze how De Jonge and the Parliament have approached and reacted to a data breach at the GGD. The underlying question of this case is whether the Dutch society should value privacy or public health more.

Hollywood product placement to Influencers and para-social relationships

Product Placement: from Hollywood to Social Media

Article
Nathalie Schabio
31/10/2022
12 minutes to read

This article provides an analysis of advertisements in the field of entertainment. Its focus lies on how Influencers make use of para-social relationships to manipulate their audience for advertisement on social media. 

The war in Ukraine and the end of everything

Paper
Kevin Doyle
13/05/2022
33 minutes to read

Kevin Doyle doesn't understand why we let ourselves be reduced to passive observers of the war in Ukraine. Will we one day wake up – complicit and deranged – as nothing more than spectators at the end of everything?

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Tommaso Venturini on Controversy Mapping

Video
The Editors
19/09/2022

Tommaso Venturini avoided questions about the meaning of 'controversies' and 'Controversy Mapping'. But that's no longer the case. In this video, he explains what 'Controversy Mapping' is and why it is relevant.

The Migrant Identity: The Role of Art and Media in Identity Formation

Paper
Rebecca de Jongh
10/12/2021
31 minutes to read

Migration is one of the most important issues in our society, the migrant identity can be approached from many different angles. We will focus on the use of the migrant identity in art in relation to the image as portrayed in the media.

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Genesis Butler’s Online and Offline Animal Rights Activist Movement

Article
Luiza Dubicka
10/10/2020
12 minutes to read

Genesis Butler, a young animal rights activist, uses her digital skills to bring about change in the offline world. But what is the relation between online and offline activism? And is it really slacktivism?

Understanding Big Other: Self-recognition in the Web of Eyes

Academic paper
Jeroen van Aalst
30/03/2022
16 minutes to read

This paper examines Zuboff's "Big Other" and proposes to change this metaphor to "Web of Eyes" in order to stimulate a discourse that accounts for recognizing human self-responsibility and agency in this age of continuous surveillance.

a.s.r Vitality Application

Step, track, shop, repeat: how an insurance company motivates clients to stay healthy

Video
Lily Francois
19/11/2021

The video explores how the a.s.r. Vitality app communicates societal health norms and how important notions in Michel Foucault’s work - the panopticon, social hygiene and care of the self - are applied to this phenomenon. 

The terror attack on London's Westminster Bridge

Digital vigilantism, Islamophobia and an attack on London

Article
Nathalie Schabio
25/11/2022
13 minutes to read

After London's tragic terrorist attack in 2017, not the perpetrator but an innocent woman breaks news on social media. This article examines how digital vigilantism can distort the truth and unjustifiably punish its victims.

How an insurance company motivates clients to stay healthy: the a.s.r. Vitality app

Article
Isabelle Cijsouw
18/05/2021
16 minutes to read

This article explores how the a.s.r. Vitality app communicates societal health norms and shows how important notions in Michel Foucault’s work - the panopticon, social hygiene and the care of the self - can be applied to this phenomenon.