Philip Seargeant

Philip Seargeant on Digital Culture in 2018 and 2019

Interview
The Editors
18/12/2018

"Digital culture is so pervasive, there’s often very little analytic use in making hard distinctions between the online and offline worlds." Philip Seargeant from the Open University talks about digital culture, language and politics

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.

Pauline Hanson, a good ol’ Aussie 


Article
Bin Chen
17/12/2018
8 minutes to read

Australia has seen Hanson call Islam a disease and belittle Asians for not assimilating and forming ghettos instead. In this essay, Bin Chen looks into the xenophobic discourse Hanson used on ethnic minorities in Australia.

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 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).  

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.

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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.  

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.

Taylor Swift as an Alt-Right icon appropriation

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.

Brexit and online political activism

Paper
Isabell Wutz
01/11/2018
19 minutes to read

Isabell Wutz and Lisanne Nugteren (Tilburg University) argue that in the context of the Brexit. that vox populism, slacktivism and online intertextuality have an adverse effect to the representativeness of the public debate.

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Plastic surgery and the quest for the perfect selfie in South Korea

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
26/11/2018
15 minutes to read

Plastic surgeries changed the world. In this article, we are going to talk about the measures taken to make an ordinary picture on your Instagram account “on point” and what some are willing to do in order to score those 10.000+ likes.

BTS

Will K-pop ‘conquer the World’ ?

Paper
Manouk Boelhouwers
01/11/2018
13 minutes to read

The new Korean wave has been very successful, but is it successful enough to conquer the world? And if it does, will it still be K-pop?