what is the self proclaimed 'art hoe'?

The whitewashing of the 'art hoe' movement

Article
Marieke Weeda
13/01/2020
10 minutes to read

This article explores how the art hoe movement, meant as a space of creative expression for PoC (People of Colour) artists, got whitewashed into a mere aesthetic disconnected from its origins.

Ellen DeGeneres: talk show host or CIA agent?

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
16/03/2020
11 minutes to read

In 2018, people believed that Eric Trump suggested that Ellen DeGeneres is part of a hidden government within the US. This essay analyzes how this conspiracy theory has come into existence, who plays a role in it, and what this means online.

Squatting Slavs: a culture, a stereotype or just a meme?

Article
Kristiana Naydenova
08/11/2018
18 minutes to read

Is the Squatting Slav phenomenon helping Slavs express themselves or is it ruining their reputation? This article explores the emergence, historical background, popularization, culture and language of the meme.

Online Dating app digital culture online love

Dating apps as part of our culture

Article
Manon Bijl
29/10/2019
12 minutes to read

Dating apps enable people to do things they have never done before. It are truly global products, but they only work because they are embedded in local (sub)cultural practices.  

Big Data Is Watching You

The Biases we feed to Tinder algorithms

Article
Magdalena Rolle
25/02/2019
13 minutes to read

This article reflects on how the biases of Tinder algorithms hold up a mirror to our society by analyzing the human impact on their technological workings.

A once solely Jamaican based music style and culture started in the Jamaican dancehalls, inspired by ska and rocksteady, took over the world in the ’70s, Reggae.

Reggae as a global culture scape

Article
Naomi Hofman
22/06/2020
16 minutes to read

Jamaica is the center of a huge global culture scape: reggae. This article analyzes the globalization and history of reggae culture using Appadurai's concept of hard and soft globalization and Wallerstein's world-system analysis. 

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.

What is wrong with the Confucius Institute?

Paper
Linmin Zheng
09/10/2019
13 minutes to read

From the need to know about China to a crackdown on Confucius Institutes across the West. In this article, the relation between the Confucius institutes, China and power are analysed. 

Max and Nev

Catfish: The TV Show (MTV)

Review
Irene de Groot
01/11/2017
3 minutes to read

In Catfish: the TV show hosts Nev and Max help people who are head over heels about someone they met online. A review.

Importance of social media in the globalized internet age

Trump, social media and the first Twitter-based Presidency

Article
Jordan Hollinger
07/05/2018
12 minutes to read

Trump's social media presence is the most salient factor behind his success in the recent presidential election.  Trump's usage of internet and social media to connect with his supporters is much more successful than traditional forms of media.

Nosedive

Nosedive, a vicious take on social media (Joe Wright)

Review
Heleen Dijkhuizen
29/09/2017
3 minutes to read

Black Mirror's Nosedive shows us a vicious take on social media.