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Dating apps as part of our culture

Article
Manon Bijl
01/11/2018
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.  

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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The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong

Paper
Ho Chuen Ng
15/03/2017
23 minutes to read

This paper uses the Umbrella Movement as a case study to illustrate how the digital world can empower people in social movements. 

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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.

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Decolonization of Education in South Africa

Paper
Nastassja Wessels
31/07/2017
12 minutes to read

This paper seeks to understand why there is a lack of theorization of decolonization on basic education of South Africa. Decolonization of education has largely been debated in abstract terms of higher education and other material spaces. 

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Why is Taylor Swift associated with the Alt-Right movement?

Article
Jady van Leusden
01/11/2018
18 minutes to read

Taylor Swift is the embodiment of the perfect Nazi woman. At least, according to some members of the alt-right movement. But why? This is an article on the images behind the pop-icon and the Alt-Right movement. And finds a connection.

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The end of Academia.edu: how business takes over, again

Column
Ico Maly
22/02/2018
3 minutes to read

Academia.edu used to be a refreshing and very useful platform for academics and students all over the world. That has ended with academia.edu introducing  the ‘paid search’, says Ico Maly (Tilburg University).  

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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.

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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?

Youtube Demonitization Adcopalypse

YouTube's demonetization situation and the adpocalypse

Article
Alex Sinke
26/09/2018
12 minutes to read

YouTube, the most famous and global video sharing platform, is home to an overwhelming amount of content creators. However, the monetization scheme and the adpocalypse that followed have changed things for the worse.

Is Google politically biased?

Article
Tunde Farago
07/03/2019
9 minutes to read

In this article, the issue of political bias is analyzed in relation to the algorithms behind the Google search engine.

Representation of the Zef Culture by Die Antwoord

Paper
Lisa Wijvekate
13/07/2017
16 minutes to read

Die Antwoord is a South African hip hop group that represents the South African Zef culture. This paper analyses the way the song 'Fatty Boom Boom' uses symbols and icons to represent Zef culture.