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.

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A look behind the scenes of click farms

Article
Idhuna Pastoor
29/04/2019
10 minutes to read

Have you heard of click farms? They manipulate the algorithms on social media, and make use of the popularity principle to create visibility online. But are click farms actually a legal business?

Matcha: Don't let yourself be fooled by superfoods

Article
Federica Morgandi
02/05/2019
9 minutes to read

Superfoods are hot, and so is Matcha, the powdered green tea. Matcha is more than just tea, it is a superfood, an identity emblem and a social media phenomenon. 

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.

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How typically Swedish is IKEA all over the world?

Article
Malou Janssen
25/03/2019
9 minutes to read

In order to operate on a global level, IKEA makes many regional adjustments to their marketing campaigns. So how "Swedish" are they?

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.

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'Westworld' - The Contemporary Jurassic Park You Cannot Miss Watching (Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy)

Review
Kristiana Naydenova
14/05/2018
5 minutes to read

The new HBO series 'Westworld' is intelligent and full of mysteries for the patient viewer to uncover. Everyone interested in exploring the humand mind and behavior will love it. 

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On racism and how to read Hannah Arendt

Column
Ana Deumert
27/02/2020
8 minutes to read

In this column Ana Deumert looks at the work of Hannah Arendt. She asks how scholars can engage with her work, given the persistent presence of racist tropes in her writings.

‘5G users be like’: (In)visibility as evidence in 5G conspiracy memes

Article
Mijke Akkermans
09/09/2020
15 minutes to read

For several years, conspiracy theorists have promoted the idea that 5G waves are harmful for one's health, now even relating this to the coronavirus. This paper explores how memes are used to define (in)visibility as evidence within this theory.

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.