Big Data Is Watching You

The Biases we feed to Tinder algorithms

Article
Magdalena Rolle
25/02/2019
13 minutes to read

This article reflects on how the biases of Tinder algorithms hold up a mirror to our society by analyzing the human impact on their technological workings.

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.

Masked man sitting behind a desk, using a computer

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 .

What makes a vlog a vlog?

Academic paper
Marissa K. Wood
08/03/2019
30 minutes to read

Looking at the “vlog” as a speech event, Hymes’s SPEAKING model is used to identify its contextual and interactional parameters. Conclusively, vlogging is a complex genre of new media with potential for extensive influence.

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.

Click farms as shows in the HBO show 'Silicon Valley'.

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?

slavic union

Slavic Union is on the rise in Eastern Europe

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
22/03/2019
20 minutes to read

Much of the information about Alt-Right nowadays comes from 'the West'. This is not very accurate, because the movement is strong and growing in Eastern Europe. This article describes the concept of Slavia and why we should know about it.

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?

Taylor Swift Fans Concert

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.

How could K-pop gain fans worldwide?

Article
Jiyong Choi
23/11/2018
16 minutes to read

How has K-pop spread around the world the way it has? This article examines precisely that question, from various angles.

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.