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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?

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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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.

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.

Netflix versus Culture: Language Policy in the Netherlands

Article
Meauraine van Gorp
18/01/2019
8 minutes to read

This article shows how the Dutch government, because of globalization and the rise of online streaming services such as Netflix, has to reconsider its language policy. In this process, many ideological stands are taken. 

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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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Jan Blommaert, the trail blazer

Article
Anna De Fina
07/01/2021
7 minutes to read

Anna De Fina met Jan Blommaert in the early 2000’s during a workshop on Narrative and Identity. That workshop was one of the pivotal experiences of her academic career and, to a certain extent of her life.

"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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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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Farewell, Jan Blommaert

Article
Tom Van Hout
12/01/2021
2 minutes to read

Tom Van Hout says farewell to Jan Blommaert. He praises not only the academic, but also the man who normalized vulnerability

Matcha: Don't let yourself be fooled by superfoods

Article
Federica Morgandi
02/05/2019
9 minutes to read

Superfoods are hot, and so is Matcha, the powdered green tea. Matcha is more than just tea, it is a superfood, an identity emblem and a social media phenomenon.