Up Close and Personal with Wokies ASMR, your Virtual Girlfriend

Article
Inge van de Ven
22/01/2021
16 minutes to read

Meet Wokies ASMR, your Virtual Girlfriend. We can call her Jasmine. Jasmine is a creator of  ASMR girlfriend content on YouTube and OnlyFans. Inge van de Ven interviewed her for a forthcoming book chapter on digital intimacies.

Pokémon Go as a Self-Tracking Application

Paper
Chi-chieh Huang
22/01/2021
23 minutes to read

By examining voices from Pokémon Go communities and developers, this article aims to formulate Pokémon Go as a gamified self-tracking application that could play a part in individuals' betterment of themselves.

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Doctor Who: Is there a female Doctor just to lure in young fans? (Chris Chibnall)

Review
Ananya Sen
20/01/2021
10 minutes to read

This review of the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who discusses gender representation and its relation to fandom, and whether the move to cast a female Doctor was indeed a step in the right direction. 

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The Capitol Riots: Democracy, Post-truth and Fiction

Column
Odile Heynders
19/01/2021
7 minutes to read

In light of the Capitol riots, Odile Heynders claims that we have to reflect on fiction and its development in time, in order to understand how the concept is used and functions in today’s society. 

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Capitol riots, echo chambers and democracy

Column
Lauren Zentz
18/01/2021
5 minutes to read

The problem of corporate media is not their creation of echo chambers; it is that media organizations have allowed people whose views run against democracy to gain such a large following that their lies are now seen by many as fact.

Here, yet always there: How Fleabag uses Intimacy as Distraction

Article
Inge van de Ven
14/01/2021
10 minutes to read

The article places direct address in the TV-series Fleabag  in the context of trends in self-representation on social media. Fleabag uses self-disclosure as a form of self-branding, to manipulate the audience and distract herself.

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David Attenborough: From Naturalist to Instagram Famous

Article
Tessa Visser
13/01/2021
10 minutes to read

David Attenborough, a ground-breaking naturalist, has had a successful career on media such as television and radio. However, he still felt the need associate himself with new media like Instagram. This article speculates on why that may be.

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Farewell, Jan Blommaert

Article
Tom Van Hout
12/01/2021
2 minutes to read

Tom Van Hout says farewell to Jan Blommaert. He praises not only the academic, but also the man who normalized vulnerability

Politics of language in Morocco

Article
Noura Yacoubi
11/01/2021
6 minutes to read

After the independence of Morocco in 1956, the urge was great to create a national language policy. The objective was to generalize education by the Arabisation of the curricula. 

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Jan Blommaert's struggle

Column
Jenny-Louise Van Der Aa
11/01/2021
2 minutes to read

Jan Blommaert has recently passed away. Jenny Van der Aa reflects on his political and democratic engagement as one of his former close collaborators at Tilburg and Ghent University.

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In memory of Jan Blommaert 

Article
Sjaak Kroon
08/01/2021
5 minutes to read

It is with deep sadness that we received the news that January 7th, 2021, Jan Blommaert passed away at the age of 59.

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Jan Blommaert, the trail blazer

Article
Anna De Fina
07/01/2021
7 minutes to read

Anna De Fina met Jan Blommaert in the early 2000’s during a workshop on Narrative and Identity. That workshop was one of the pivotal experiences of her academic career and, to a certain extent of her life.