QAnon: The alt-right war machine and social media mobilization

Article
Daniel Obubo
13/07/2020
12 minutes to read

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory about an on-going war between President Donald Trump and the "deep state". This article examines how QAnon followers use social media to their benefit by inviting skeptics to read between the lines.

Master of None and Modern Romances on Television

Paper
Chi-chieh Huang
08/07/2020
13 minutes to read

The article analyzes Netflix romantic comedy series Master of None under the framework of narrative complexity. The analysis showcases how the series subverts common conventions of its genre.

Ilo Ilo: Realism and Fiction in Singaporean Family Dynamics

Article
Zoe Kng
29/06/2020
14 minutes to read

In Ilo Ilo, Anthony Chen manages to capture 1990s Singapore through the use of multiple resources. The film encompasses the complexity and often unspoken issues of the introduction of a maid to a family riddled by their own internal problems.

André Rieu as a glocalization phenomenon

Article
Bettie Cörvers
26/06/2020
13 minutes to read

Dutch violinist André Rieu is operating on a global and local field of the music industry with enormous success. This article explores how Rieu strikes a balance in building a glocal identity through his language use and social media presence.

The power of online reviews in decision-making

Article
Nadine Visser
05/06/2020
11 minutes to read

Online reviews are widely used for decision-making in daily life. Reviews of entertainment objects (e.g. films, books) are used as evidence of their quality. In this paper, we discuss the construction of "experts" on cultural knowledge online.

SpaceX Falcon launch

The SpaceX mission and why it worries me

Column
Jan Blommaert
03/06/2020
4 minutes to read

Elon Musk's SpaceX operates in a field of power previously reserved for state institutions under public control. Is this a good or a bad thing? 

BTS A.R.M.Y on Twitter

Article
Luna-Anastasia Riedel
02/06/2020
18 minutes to read

This article focuses BTS A.R.M.Y, the fandom of Korean boyband BTS as a niched culture on Twitter. It analyzes how the fandom influences BTS achievements and success on the global stage through their online support.

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Revealing racist words in the superdiverse era

Paper
Anne Marte Gardenier
02/06/2020
11 minutes to read

This article focuses on Dutch vocabulary changes that are brought on by inter-cultural contact as a result of globalization. The superdiverse population of the Netherlands is raising awareness for racist Dutch vocabulary. 

Maastricht

The linguistic landscape of Maastricht

Article
Joël Grassère
02/06/2020
11 minutes to read

Old factory signs, preserved French hotel names and signs in the local dialect paint Maastricht's rich linguistic landscape. An analysis of three examples showcases how the city's history and current developments are embedded in public signs.

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Mom-shamers vs. celebrities on Instagram

Article
Sanne Graumans
02/06/2020
7 minutes to read

Mom shamers have been around since forever and, sadly, social media has only helped to amplify their voices. When it comes to being especially vitriolic, they take aim at Hollywood moms. This article examines how this unfolds on Instagram.

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The Age of Zoom Meetings for a person who stutters

Column
Jacob Berexa
28/05/2020
6 minutes to read

The Age of Zoom Meetings is especially difficult for people who stutter (PWS for short). Jacob Berexa explains why zoom is emotionally draining for people with PWS.

Web 2.0 sees us.

Why we let Web 2.0 become the modern-day Stasi

Article
Lisa van Turnhout
25/05/2020
13 minutes to read

This article contemplates how our "culture of connectivity" brings forth privacy issues reminding us of government surveillance in East Germany. How does this work, and how do we all contribute to this culture?

Contemporary vampires: Should we be afraid of the dark?

Article
Savina Karneva
22/05/2020
12 minutes to read

Real vampires live among us. Who are they, what indexes a "real vampire", and are they a threat to society? This article delves into what shapes real vampires into a deviant social group.