Martin Garrix in Paradiso Amsterdam

Reusing Churches in the Netherlands

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
28/06/2019
13 minutes to read

Churches close down because of the small number of parishioners and this tendency is an important marker for the position of religion in Western Europe. What happens when churches do not attract the same numbers of believers anymore?

Virat Kohli

Interested in globalization? Watch cricket

Column
Jan Blommaert
25/06/2019
7 minutes to read

The Cricket World Cup 2019 is a global media event of enormous size, while cricket itself is practiced only in a relatively small area in the world. How come?

Three Dutch yellow vests holding up a sign demanding democracy

The online identity of the Gele Hesjes

Article
Casper Arends
24/06/2019
12 minutes to read

This article discusses the online identity of the gele hesjes, a Dutch branch of the yellow vest movement. After a month of closely following this group it is concluded that its main battle is for a new political paradigm.

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.

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. 

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.