Kneel like a true American: Protesting in American civil religion

Paper
Eva van Malsen
23/10/2020
11 minutes to read

The negative public response to Colin Kaepernick taking a knee can be explained through America's passive sense of civil religion. However, his act should not be shoved aside as disrespectful, but as an act of 'tough love' patriotism.

How My People My Country Reconstructs Chinese National Identity

Academic paper
Haiyan Huang
20/10/2020
34 minutes to read

In this paper, we focus on investigating the discursive strategies appropriated by and the new connotations of Chinese national identity and nationalism advocated in the recent Chinese national blockbuster My People My Country (MPMC).

Native Advertising: distinguishing promotional from editorial content

Article
Valentina Brkan
19/10/2020
8 minutes to read

Native advertising is becoming an increasingly used marketing strategy. Instead of classic banner ads, marketers opt for this non-intrusive way of advertising. This article explores the growth of native advertising in journalistic mediums.

Conlang: Fictional Languages and Online Communities

Article
Beau Swierstra
15/10/2020
12 minutes to read

Conlangs are getting more popular, especially because of the popularity of series like Game of Thrones. In shows, constructed languages are an important factor to create a storyworld. But fans speak conlangs also in reallife communities.

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Performativity by Philosophy Tube

Article
Merel Groot
12/10/2020
19 minutes to read

Philosophy Tube is a YouTube channel about philosophy which uses a theatrical style. In some videos, the author talks about his own life. This article analyses two videos to see how he combines theater with elements of real-life experiences.

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FEMEN: "My Body is a Weapon!"

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
09/10/2020
9 minutes to read

FEMEN is a sextremist organisation claiming to be feminist. They draw media attention by showing their half-naked bodies in public. 

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How Fleabag uses the fourth wall to create intimacy

Paper
Idhuna Pastoor
07/10/2020
21 minutes to read

This article explores how the series Fleabag destroys the fourth wall and what this means for the relationship between the viewer and Fleabag.

How an 'essay writing robot' is echoing the voice of its creators

Column
Inge Beekmans
06/10/2020
9 minutes to read

The essay that was written by language generator GPT-3 and edited by The Guardian might teach us more about our own fears and hopes for the future of technology than about the objectives and intentions of Artificial Intelligence. 

Greta Thunberg: the climate striking catalyst

Article
Juliette Berndsen
06/10/2020
12 minutes to read

Greta Thunberg became well-known after she went climate striking one Friday in 2018. Thanks to digital media, she has become the catalyst for a global movement that inspired teenagers across the world to start climate striking.

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Gamification in self-improvement apps

Paper
Rebecca de Jongh
05/10/2020
11 minutes to read

Through gamification it is possible to work on a more engaging way of learning and to truly let learners use their creative potential. Nevertheless, we should keep in mind that using gamification is highly contextualized.

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The Army for Trump and Trump’s war against Sleepy Joe

Article
Ico Maly
02/10/2020
15 minutes to read

Trump's 2020 election campaign is adopting war metaphors in an attempt at big organizing aiming to create an "army" of supporters. These efforts are supported by a masterful use of the hybrid media system against Joe Biden's most moderate campaign.

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Laughing at tennis in '7 Days in Hell'

Article
Iris Dumoulin
30/09/2020
11 minutes to read

As a mockumentary, 7 Days in Hell (2015) features multiple documentary codes and functions to create a feeling of reality. How does 7 Days in Hell comment on and mock the reality of tennis documentaries?

2020: A Greek script Odyssey

Article
Francesca Iaboni
29/09/2020
14 minutes to read

A kind of lookalike English came about as a necessity for Greeks to adapt to the changes brought on by a digitalized world. To this day, "Greeklish" stirs public debate about the necessity to preserve and conserve cultural heritage.