Eugenia Cooney: Youtube's representative of disordered eating

Paper
Lara Hoffmann
08/12/2021
13 minutes to read

(Trigger warning: ED and anoxeria). Eugenia Cooney is a YouTuber whose content is highly associated with anorexia and eating disorders. How do Foucault's concepts of power and the dangerous individual apply to a 21st-century social media figure?

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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Deviance and the furry community

Article
Marit van Dijck
06/04/2020
13 minutes to read

The furry community is a large social group that manifests itself both online and offline. This paper focusses on why the community is seen as deviant and how deviance is also created within the community. 

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Taylor Swift and the story of the Swifties fandom

Article
Amber van As
01/11/2018
15 minutes to read

The fans of pop icon Taylor Swift call themselves the Swifties. This article will provide an introduction to this social group and its functioning.

Fleabag: the series.

How Fleabag uses the fourth wall to create intimacy

Paper
Idhuna Pastoor
07/10/2020
21 minutes to read

This article explores how the series Fleabag destroys the fourth wall and what this means for the relationship between the viewer and Fleabag.

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Modern men are breaking traditional gender norms

Article
Anouk van Leeuwen
08/03/2021
14 minutes to read

Harry Styles has unleashed a debate about gender norms by wearing a dress. It has started a competition between strong manly men and so called feminized men. Even though feminized men are seen as deviants, they are starting to get more support.

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The public intellectual trapped in a Facebook bubble

Article
Noura Yacoubi
06/10/2021
5 minutes to read

Facebook's new algorithm give users a better experience, but actually creating an even more restricted bubble. The 'public' in 'public intellectual' could better be changed to 'bubble'. 

 

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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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Tinkering with the Truth: Fake news and Bricolage

Article
Rob Dekkers
26/01/2022
10 minutes to read

Many people tend to seek refuge in 'alternative facts', because they feel something's lost in the modern world. To get a grip on an incomprehensible world people 'tinker' with the truth, seeking harmony, coherence and agency.

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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?

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Dr. Piia Varis on conspiracy theories and digital culture

Video
The Editors
08/11/2018

Dr. Piia Varis (Tilburg University) is in the early stages of doing research into conspiracy theories, the dissemination of knowledge and the formation of online groups. Diggit Magazine had a video-interview with her. 

"Dems Fraud": Far Right and Data Voids on DuckDuckGo.com

Article
Carmen Gabriela Lupu
30/11/2020
11 minutes to read

This article deals with the 'dems fraud' data void on DuckDuckGo. While striving to overcome filter bubbles, DuckDuckGo has been overtaken by the New Right's optimized information ecosystem that only spreads their views. 

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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.