Ellen DeGeneres: talk show host or CIA agent?

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
16/03/2020
11 minutes to read

In 2018, people believed that Eric Trump suggested that Ellen DeGeneres is part of a hidden government within the US. This essay analyzes how this conspiracy theory has come into existence, who plays a role in it, and what this means online.

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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.

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.

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.

Max and Nev

Catfish: The TV Show (MTV)

Review
Irene de Groot
01/11/2017
3 minutes to read

In Catfish: the TV show hosts Nev and Max help people who are head over heels about someone they met online. A review.

A once solely Jamaican based music style and culture started in the Jamaican dancehalls, inspired by ska and rocksteady, took over the world in the ’70s, Reggae.

Reggae as a global culture scape

Article
Naomi Hofman
22/06/2020
16 minutes to read

Jamaica is the center of a huge global culture scape: reggae. This article analyzes the globalization and history of reggae culture using Appadurai's concept of hard and soft globalization and Wallerstein's world-system analysis. 

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'Westworld' - The Contemporary Jurassic Park You Cannot Miss Watching (Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy)

Review
Kristiana Naydenova
14/05/2018
5 minutes to read

The new HBO series 'Westworld' is intelligent and full of mysteries for the patient viewer to uncover. Everyone interested in exploring the humand mind and behavior will love it. 

Nosedive

Nosedive, a vicious take on social media (Joe Wright)

Review
Heleen Dijkhuizen
29/09/2017
3 minutes to read

Black Mirror's Nosedive shows us a vicious take on social media.

K-pop, K-pop fandom, Twitter

The K-Pop Fandom on Twitter

Article
Lola Vos
31/05/2019
17 minutes to read

K-Pop fans can now be found all over the world. Due to the mass organized fan actions, traditions, and complicated language, the K-Pop fandom sets itself apart from other fandoms. In this article I look at K-Pop fans on Twitter as a cultural niche.

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?

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.

How globalization changed Singapore

Article
Mariosé Bergsteijn
07/06/2019
16 minutes to read

The city-state Singapore is a prime example of how huge of an impact globalization can have. We can see this through Singapore developing from a small fishing town to a thriving megapolis.

Taylor Swift as an Alt-Right icon appropriation

Why is Taylor Swift associated with the Alt-Right movement?

Article
Jady van Leusden
28/10/2019
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 that finds a connection.