Beauty and Digital Culture

Is there a dark side to translingualism? Dr. Sender Dovchin believes the answer to that question is "yes". In this video, she talks about the research she did in the past, and the things she is working on at this moment. 

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No Man is an Island: Locating Breivik in Islamophobic Discourse Online

Article
Victoria Mohr
18/10/2018
10 minutes to read

The 2011 shootings on Utoya, Norway were a shock for Europe. The shooter, Anders Breivik, stated he was acting alone and was declared a ‘lone wolf’. Breivik claimed he was acting alone, but is it really possible to act alone in a digital age?

According to professor Jan Blommaert from Tilburg University, for Michel Foucault "the internet would have been an absolute marvel". It's not unreasonable to think that we are all living in a digital panopticon. Here's why. 

Since the 1980s, the popularity of the Camino has increased dramatically. Media narratives, like Hollywood movies and best seller novels, encourage people to become pilgrims and share their own stories online.

Dr. Piia Varis (Tilburg University) is in the early stages of doing research into conspiracy theories, the dissemination of knowledge and the formation of online groups. Diggit Magazine had a video-interview with her. 

The case of ‘Englishnization’ in Rakuten, Japan

Article
zhifang Yu
17/10/2018
4 minutes to read

E-commerce giant Rakuten has managed to get Japanese people to speak English competently through the implementation of the language policy called “Englishnization”.

Exploring Breivik: A “Lone Wolf”s War against Cultural Marxism

Article
Stella Maria Veranoudi
15/10/2018
11 minutes to read

This paper provides an analysis of the connection between the online/offline anti-cultural Marxism communities and individuals starting with Anders Breivik, as we study his "2083" manifesto.

Over de Kinderboekenweek en onverwachte vriendschappen

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Sara Van den Bossche
12/10/2018
9 minutes to read

De Kinderboekenweek draait dit jaar rond vriendschap. Vriendschapsbanden in jeugdboeken die onverwacht en desondanks vanzelfsprekend zijn, kunnen de blik verruimen, aldus Helma van Lierop en Sara Van den Bossche.

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Why has Cultural Marxism become the enemy?

Column
Jan Blommaert
11/10/2018
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.

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Overnight celebrities and virality

Article
Ghyli Kirshner
10/10/2018
12 minutes to read

In the past few years certain music videos were impossible to miss. Whether you go viral or not can make or break you. In this paper you can find some world-famous examples.

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AfD and the battle for the German nation

Article
Lisa Laarakker
08/10/2018
12 minutes to read

The Afd fights for  a German nation, not for democracy. Acting like enhancers of democracy, the AfD (Alternative for Germany) party uses concepts like democracy to propagate a completely different and essentially antidemocratic message.