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Samsung Health: How self-tracking trivialises our ethical concerns

Article
Angela Veltman
06/02/2023
11 minutes to read

The high level of data sharing has become a common practice. This essay examines the Samsung Health application and its benefits and disadvantages on the users, using gamification, behaviour modification and surveillance capitalism.

This paper compares The fire next time by James Baldwin and Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates to come to a more inclusionary concept of authorship than Barthes’ death of the Author, based on Foucault’s notion of author function.

Baldwin and Coates: Activist postures as ‘live authorship’

Paper
Jop Gillissen
03/02/2023
30 minutes to read

A comparison of Baldwin's and Coates’ public intellectual positions and their works The fire next time and Between the world and me, for a more inclusionary idea of authorship than Barthes’ death of the Author, using Foucault’s author function.

How WhatsApp's privacy policy raises major concerns

Article
Nathalie Schabio
30/01/2023
15 minutes to read

This article looks at why people use Whatsapp given the privacy concerns around the platform. Read the article to learn about the connection between the expository society, the lack of privacy, and participatory surveillance.

Ghislaine Handiri: Authentic Self-Presentation on Social Media

Paper
Noa Reijnen
27/01/2023
9 minutes to read

This paper describes how one specific influencer, Ghislaine Handiri, presents herself as authentic on Instagram and how Instagram as a mediator influences and shapes her authenticity.

Famke Louise: The impact of social media on polarization

Article
Lily Francois
25/01/2023
10 minutes to read

Famke Louise got trapped in a filter bubble, which she vocalized with a #ikdoenietmeermee-movement. This called for surveillance as a reaction to her deviant behavior, resulting in influencer-incredibility.

How Andrew Tate uses media literacy to gain online influence

How Andrew Tate gains influence through his media literacy

Paper
Femke van Bree
23/01/2023
19 minutes to read

Despite getting banned several times on a wide variety of online platforms, Andrew Tate continues to gain influence online. This article analyses Andrew Tate’s online presence, to show how he deploys his media literacy to spread his ideas.

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Taylor Swift's “Fearless”: A feminist analysis

Article
Leonie Milder
20/01/2023
10 minutes to read

The life of the singer and songwriter, Taylor Swift, has been in the public eye for certain problematic issues over a decade. In this article, her personality and art are examined through the concepts of (cyber)sexism, stereotypes, and feminism.

Though memes often appear to be 'fun', memes can also have a dark side. In this video, Lucie Chateau explains what memes are, how memes are used to reproduce certain values and beliefs, and what can happen when memes are not properly understood. 

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The Joy Luck Club: the joy in finally being understood (Amy Tan (author); Wayne Wang (director))

Review
Jessaline Tanjung
23/12/2022
10 minutes to read

The Joy Luck Club is the pioneer of Asian American representation on the big screen. It emphasizes the expectations to be 'Chinese' from your own family and the struggle to be understood by your own family, all due to the cultural gaps.

What we do in the shadows TV show

The mockumentary film and TV show ‘What We Do In The Shadows’

Paper
Kelly Burnet
13/01/2023
17 minutes to read

Modern cinema and popular culture are not done with vampirism. The award-winning mockumentary film and show 'What we do in the shadows' features vampires, and other monsters, trying to make sense of modern life.

The literacy advantage of glitch text for hacking

Article
Cecile Lourens
11/01/2023
12 minutes to read

A glitch is a system malfunction that occurs for a brief period and is difficult to debug. Hackers can make use of glitch text to get into computer systems and modify data. This article discusses the literacy advantage of glitch text for hackers.

Friends: From progressive for its time to failing to age well

Paper
Daisy van Belzen
09/01/2023
13 minutes to read

Does a show from the 90s have a place in our current culture, or has it become too culturally outdated? This study aims to show how a contemporary audience deals with an older cultural expression.

The Risks of Civil Disobedience Influenced by Online Culture

Academic paper
Bas Keemink
14/12/2022
17 minutes to read

On the basis of Ernesto Laclau's theory of political movements and current societal changes, this paper demonstrates that actions of civil disobedience in modern society that adhere to Arendt's criteria still have unfavorable effects.

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GOLDEN vs. IWASAKI: Perspectives about Geishas

Article
Nathaly Yumi da Silva
14/12/2022
21 minutes to read

Golden and Iwasaki have totally different concepts about geishas. The conflict between them is clear: while Golden casts them as prostitutes, Iwasaki reveals them as artists. This article explores these perspectives.