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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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.

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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.

André Rieu as a glocalization phenomenon

Article
Bettie Cörvers
26/06/2020
13 minutes to read

Dutch violinist André Rieu is operating on a global and local field of the music industry with enormous success. This article explores how Rieu strikes a balance in building a glocal identity through his language use and social media presence.

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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'. 

 

Harry Styles on the cover of Vogue magazine

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 rising responsibilities of Twitch as a social platform

Article
Marloes Schraver
29/11/2021
11 minutes to read

A short article analyzing the responsibility of social platforms like Twitch and the politics this responsibility is connected to. Written with a focus on social media platforms' ability to censor without much repercussions.

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Why Facebook? Activism, censorship, and democracy

Academic paper
Lauren Zentz
03/12/2021
19 minutes to read

Lauren Zentz examine how a group of progressive activists interact around a certain set of Facebook’s hate speech policies and practices in order to make meaning of them, make both political and social use of them, and be critical of them. 

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The algorithmic public sphere and democracy

Paper
Aniek van den Brandt
25/05/2019
12 minutes to read

The public sphere has been controlled by humans for years, but in the last decade, there has been a shift from human gatekeepers to algorithmic ones. This essay describes the consequences this algorithmic culture has for the public sphere.

ikea, globalization, advertisement

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?

influencer marketing

Influencer marketing has some serious ethical issues

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
24/03/2021
10 minutes to read

Influencer marketing is powerful. In recent years  consumer trust in classic media has dropped. In the search for profit, a new business model has emerged on social media.