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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.  

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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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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.

Centenary of Poland's Independence

Article
Julia Wysopal
17/06/2019
8 minutes to read

This article describes how Poland celebrated the centenary of its independence and how global media responded to it.

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.

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.

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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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Online dating: a dangerous business?

Article
Marlyn Kemink
24/09/2018
7 minutes to read

Online dating seems to be the new kid on the dating block. However, this article goes into the history behind these recent developments and the risks related to it.

Health

Anti-vaccine movement: the epidemic of stupid

Column
Blean Tsige
15/04/2019
13 minutes to read

The purpose of this column is to highlight the influence of social networking platforms on society. In particular on the way in which the outbreak of measles can be blamed on to misinformation that is spread on these platforms.

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Forgive me father, for I hate women: anti-feminism and misogyny in the manosphere

Paper
Inge Beekmans
01/11/2018
19 minutes to read

Academics describe the manosphere as “a particularly toxic brand of anti-feminism”. It is a place where promoting rape is acceptable, but saying you hate women is not. This essay examines linguistic structures within the manosphere .

Google Translate: the end of language barriers?

Article
Juliette Berndsen
31/03/2019
12 minutes to read

Google Translate is a contributor to and a consequence of globalization. How can that be seen in the way Google Translate functions and in tourism?

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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.

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.