Being black and queer: TikTok analysis

Paper
Eline Klaessens
18/05/2022
13 minutes to read

Black queer people have different experiences than White queer people. On TikTok, Black queer creators have made videos concerning three topics surrounding the black queer identity: representation, different gender norms and White privilege.

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.

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?

How propaganda works in the hybrid media system

Article
Ania Borkusewicz
11/05/2022
18 minutes to read

They catch our attention, waste time, and bombard us with clickbaity titles whenever we scroll social media: junk and fake news are significant problems of today's internet. This article shows how they can be used to spread propaganda.

How the Eurovision Song Contest is political

Article
Beatrijs de Coninck
10/05/2022
8 minutes to read

This essay will focus on how this Eurovision can be seen as a political and intermedial event, and how the music contest, besides entertainment, is used as political influence worldwide.

K-pop idol BTS Jimin and Oli London

Being transracial: how fluid is the cultural category of race?

Paper
Iris Olde Hampsink
09/05/2022
13 minutes to read

This article analyzes the discourse surrounding transracial identities by examining the multimodal and indexical qualities of Oli London's YouTube video 'Being KOREAN...', a fan's 'coming out', and two anti-transracial comments.

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

Paper
Jitske Verhagen
06/05/2022
10 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.

A picture of a Gothic building

Lifelong learning: the Dark Academia aesthetic as a taste regime

Article
Iris Dumoulin
29/04/2022
10 minutes to read

In this article, I will explore how dark academia can be defined as a taste regime and how specific practices relate to the investment in practical knowledge in order to gain capital on social, economic, and cultural levels.

Spotting fake news for your media literacy

Column
Nataliia Vdovychenko
26/04/2022
6 minutes to read

Is it 'fake news', junk news, misinformation, malinformation, or disinformation? This column is going to sum up the ways in which we can critically evaluate and distinguish the types of misleading information on our (social) media timelines.

The Pro-Choice Movement in the 21st Century

Article
Eva de Jonge
22/04/2022
18 minutes to read

This paper investigates the Pro-Choice movement in the 21st century and what message they try to bring across, their accomplishments, and the consequences if Roe v Wade gets overturned.

The Beatles and Globalization in the Sixties

Paper
Mariska van Schijndel
19/04/2022
28 minutes to read

This paper discusses how The Beatles contributed greatly to changes in global youth culture worldwide in the 1960's. 

Globalization, commodification, social media, internet, cheap flights, global and local

Music festivals: Interconnectedness all over the world

Article
Vita van Hellenberg Hubar
13/04/2022
11 minutes to read

Cultural globalization produces global festivals with local music festival characteristics that include an increased focus on environmental issues. Communities on- and offline are thus connected with the help of social media and cheap flights.