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.

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.

Dr. Ico Maly from Tilburg University recently published 'De hedendaagse antiverlichting' (The contemporary anti-Enlightenment). In this video he explains how politicians are propagating anti-Enlightenment ideas under the flag of 'democracy', and why — within this discourse — the nation is key. 

The supposed authenticity of social media celebrities

Article
Aniek van den Brandt
03/12/2018
8 minutes to read

Social media celebrities are a phenomenon from the last decade. They seem to be authentic and just like you. Or rather, that's what they want you to believe.

Young guy sad after online bullying

Cyberbullying: a 21st-Century Phenomenon

Article
Reisha FG Grigoria
01/11/2018
13 minutes to read

The internet is everywhere and sadly that also means that bullies have more opportunities than ever to get to their victims. An analysis of two of such cases in relation to the copycat effect.

Lauren Zentz

Lauren Zentz on Digital Culture in 2018 and 2019

Interview
The Editors
14/12/2018

In this interview Lauren Zentz shares her thoughts about the impact of digital culture, and talks about her hopes for the future. For instance, she hopes that her work will contribute to our understandings of how to conduct sociolinguistic and ethnographic research that accounts for the power and even the ubiquity of the internet in many people’s daily lives.

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How did catfishing come into our society?

Article
Anna Meerts
05/12/2018
10 minutes to read

This article deals with one of the downsides of digitalization called catfishing. Do you know what online phenomenon 'Catfishing' is? This article provides the answer.

Tommy Wieringa: de gedoodverfde winnaar

Article
Sander Bax
07/12/2018
9 minutes to read

Tot twee keer toe werd in november een literaire prijs uitgereikt aan een veelbesproken talkshowtafel. De gesprekken die daar gevoerd werden, maakten duidelijk met welke uitdagingen de mediagenieke schrijver van vandaag te maken krijgt. 

Facebook, privacy,

Our data: public by default, private through effort?

Article
Romy van Geffen
10/12/2018
12 minutes to read

Review of Facebook's privacy settings: What is their idea of the level of publicity and privacy? How do they encourage users to be either public or private by presenting certain defaults?

Women protesting against sexism for equality #metoo

#Wetoo: What dancers talk about when they talk about sexism

Paper
Ilse Ghekiere
22/01/2018
13 minutes to read

From recurring Lolita-fantasies on stage to auditioning naked and backstage power abuse; female dancers talk about the repercussions of a professional reality that celebrates unclear borders.

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The Global Compact on Migration and its discontents

Column
Jan Blommaert
12/12/2018
7 minutes to read

The Global Compact for Migration has "evidence-based public discourse" as one of its objectives. Remarkably, this requirement has led to huge controversy. Are we moving towards a fact-free open society?