Events

Hong Kong Protesters

#MilkTeaAlliance: Social Media and big organizing in Hong Kong

Article
My Pham
17/06/2021
12 minutes to read

The Hong Kong protestors of the pro-democracy movement are expected to continue marching in 2021. Despite the violent clashes with police, their robust actions have caught the whole world's attention. 

What the Suez Blockage can teach us about digital literacy

Article
Simon Moser
14/06/2021
8 minutes to read

The 2021 Suez Blockage may have been a disaster for global trade, yet it also provides for a splendid case study of digital literacies. This article analyzes how online groups implement their own literacies into memes related to the event.

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Zero Waste: Living without Waste

Article
Savina Karneva
11/06/2021
8 minutes to read

Over the past 10 years the Zero Waste movement has grown significantly around the world. Has Zero Waste really brought positive change to  society and the environment or has it had negative effects?

BreadTube: YouTube but good

How BreadTube challenges right-wing discourse

Article
Marit van Dijck
08/06/2021
15 minutes to read

BreadTube, a loose association of leftist content creators, successfully appropriates right-wing and mainstream techniques to break into their information flows online. But their usage of neoliberal affordances might threaten their future. 

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California scheming: Miranda July's Kajillionaire (Miranda July)

Review
Bettie Cörvers
04/06/2021
7 minutes to read

In Miranda July's 2020 film Kajillionaire, Old Dolio's life is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join them in their scamming practices. She feels the need to detach from her hustling parents.

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Analyzing Excel-poetry

Article
Kirsten Verbeek
02/06/2021
6 minutes to read

Happy #spreadsheetday! On October 17th, 2018, Brian Bilston commemorated that this particular day in 1979, the first spreadsheet computer package was released by posting an EXCEL-poem on his Instagram.

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Instagram slideshows: making the political 'aesthetic'

Article
Jessaline Tanjung
01/06/2021
14 minutes to read

This article explores how Instagram slide shows rose to prominence during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, and what this means for the future of online activism. 

Digital vigilantism during COVID-19 : The Chengdu patient

Article
Meiyi Su
31/05/2021
10 minutes to read

This article explores the human flesh search and attempted digital vigilantism that took place following the announcement of four sudden COVID-19 cases in the previously stabilized Chinese city of Chengdu. 

The Suspicious Comeback of FMV Games

Article
Inge van de Ven
28/05/2021
18 minutes to read

Full Motion Video (FMV) games, which were popular in the early and mid-nineties but then became outdated, are making a surprising comeback. The lack of interactivity the genre is often derided for is precisely its strength.

Brittany Broski: viral content creator and authentic influencer

Paper
Kelly Burnet
24/05/2021
9 minutes to read

Brittany Broski is a successful content creator and influencer. In the last year, she has built a big community of loyal followers is still growing rapidly. How did she achieve this? How does she present herself as authentic?

Flat Earth

Why do people believe in flat Earth?

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
24/05/2021
14 minutes to read

The flat Earth belief is pseudoscientific, yet the Internet offers a variety of different arguments on why the official round Earth narrative should be reconsidered.

Digital Vigilantism: Justice for a Syrian Refugee Family

Paper
Noa Reijnen
19/05/2021
10 minutes to read

A story about a Syrian refugee family being terrorized by their neighbors went viral on social media, and people demanded justice for the family. This digital vigilantism case will be analyzed in this paper.

The politics of Karen memes

Paper
Pleun Kersten
17/05/2021
9 minutes to read

This article analyzes the 'karen' meme, and how it has evolved as a critique of white supremacy. 

The Metapolitics of Bioshock Infinite

Article
Daniel Obubo
17/05/2021
15 minutes to read

This article seeks to explore these themes in the world of Bioshock Infinite and analyze them from a metapolitical perspective. The article will examine how these themes play a role in our present-day political discourse.

A young woman with a sign at the Cincinnati #BlackLivesMatter public demonstration protest.

Black Lives Matter: Protesting in the hybrid media system

Paper
Rebecca de Jongh
14/05/2021
13 minutes to read

This paper analyses how the hybrid media system benefited BLM-protesters in summer 2020 following the death of George Floyd. People worldwide joined together to show their support for the cause, utilising social media to stay in touch.