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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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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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.

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 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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On racism and how to read Hannah Arendt

Column
Ana Deumert
27/02/2020
8 minutes to read

In this column Ana Deumert looks at the work of Hannah Arendt. She asks how scholars can engage with her work, given the persistent presence of racist tropes in her writings.

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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.

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QAnon: a wild conspiracy theory with Donald Trump’s support?

Paper
Idhuna Pastoor
29/01/2020
23 minutes to read

The pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon has been infiltrating mainstream media at a fast pace. While the president has never publicly stated his support for the theory, many clues suggest that his stance towards its supporters is not unfavorable.

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.

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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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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?

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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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Ok boomer and the 'generation war'

Article
Leonie Milder
22/01/2020
14 minutes to read

By now, everyone has heard of it. The term ‘ok boomer’ has gone viral. The term comes from 'Baby Boomer', a name for the generation born between 1946 and 1964. Now, it means something completely different as the 'generation war' rages on.