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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Dating apps as part of our culture

Article
Manon Bijl
29/10/2019
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.  

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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'. 

 

Emma Watson on Framing

Column
Jan Blommaert
21/05/2019
6 minutes to read

Emma Watson's Instagram reaction to the Alabama abortion bill accurately exposes the work of framing in public debates, and shows an educational use of social media. 

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Why biometric data is not safe anymore

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
09/01/2019
7 minutes to read

Biometric data plays a huge role in our everyday lives. We use it to unlock our phones, for bank payments, memberships and travelling. But do we ever think about risks connected to our biometric privacy?

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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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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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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.

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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.

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The Crown: historically accurate or pure fiction?

Article
Tara van Dijk
11/11/2020
15 minutes to read

The Crown has become one of the most popular shows on Netflix and it has been praised for its accuracy. The show balances between historical accuracy and fictional elements. This article analyzes the balance the show strikes as a docudrama.

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.

"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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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?