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?

Meme communities and how to meme correctly

Interview
The Editors
03/06/2019

What are memes? And why is it important to study them? Ondřej Procházka is a PhD researcher affiliated with Charles University and Tilburg University. His research focuses on Internet meme communities and their sociolinguistic aspects.

K-pop, K-pop fandom, Twitter

The K-Pop Fandom on Twitter

Article
Lola Vos
31/05/2019
17 minutes to read

K-Pop fans can now be found all over the world. Due to the mass organized fan actions, traditions, and complicated language, the K-Pop fandom sets itself apart from other fandoms. In this article I look at K-Pop fans on Twitter as a cultural niche.

death rituals, death mentalities, death

Death Mentalities in the 21st Century

Timeline
Martin Hoondert
30/05/2019
1 minute to read

Death is part of the human condition. Through time, people have tried to cope with death through rituals and arts and each age seems to have a dominant attitude towards death - the so-called death mentalities. 

The algorithmic populism of Matteo Salvini

Paper
Serena Guerra
29/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article analyses the communication and social media strategy of the Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini. How does he and his party use social media to create a community, spread anger and get consensus. Read this article to find out!

Cosplay

Cosplayers in the on- and offline world

Paper
Irene de Groot
27/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article analyses  cosplayer culture. It shedslight on who the cosplayer is, what they do, their norms and career in both an on- an offline environment. 

algorithms, alogorithmic public sphere

The algorithmic public sphere and democracy

Paper
Aniek van den Brandt
25/05/2019
12 minutes to read

The public sphere has been controlled by humans for years, but in the last decade, there has been a shift from human gatekeepers to algorithmic ones. This essay describes the consequences this algorithmic culture has for the public sphere.

girl looking at phone

I downloaded six period tracking apps and things got weird

Article
Victoria Mohr
24/05/2019
16 minutes to read

Using the concept of chronotopes, period tracking apps are analyzed for culturally significant priorities and constructions such as emphasis on fertility, medicalization, and feminity.

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Online dating with Babylon is Burning and Alex Schouten

Video
The Editors
23/05/2019

What are the do's and don't's of online dating? Diggit Magazine invited Alex Schouten in the studio of Babylon is Burning to give you scientific insight in the world of online dating. 

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White terrorism, white genocide and metapolitics2.0

Column
Ico Maly
23/05/2019
7 minutes to read

The terrorist attack in New Zealand has an offline and an online dimension and it is crucial that we take this online/offline nexus on board when analyzing contemporary white terrorism. says Ico Maly (Tilburg University).

Phenomenon of Algorithms and Political Echo Chambers

The political effects of algorithms: a look at Facebook and Google

Paper
Mick Timmermans
22/05/2019
10 minutes to read

There is limited data available on algorithms leading to political echo chambers. This paper examines the use of Facebook and Google and the algorithmic system behind both platforms. What are the consequences?

Emma Watson on Framing

Column
Jan Blommaert
21/05/2019
6 minutes to read

Emma Watson's Instagram reaction to the Alabama abortion bill accurately exposes the work of framing in public debates, and shows an educational use of social media. 

doxing, doxxing, hacking, online communities

Doxing and online communities

Article
Fleur d'Hollosy
20/05/2019
11 minutes to read

Describing how quintessential characteristics of globalization can facilitate in the phenomena of doxing.