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.

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Dating apps as part of our culture

Article
Manon Bijl
01/11/2018
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 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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Plastic surgery and the quest for the perfect selfie in South Korea

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
26/11/2018
15 minutes to read

Plastic surgeries changed the world. In this article, we are going to talk about the measures taken to make an ordinary picture on your Instagram account “on point” and what some are willing to do in order to score those 10.000+ likes.

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The age of surveillance capitalism ( Shoshana Zuboff)

Review
Ico Maly
13/02/2019
12 minutes to read

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff deserves a productive public and academic debate. It should not only be read and discussed by a broad audience. Scholars across disciplines must engage with it. 

Greta Thunberg and the #climatestrike are shaping the climate debate

Column
Piia Varis
07/02/2019
7 minutes to read

Through their online and offline activities, Greta Thunberg and the #climatestrike youth are successful in steering the discussion around climate change away from mere individualised solutions towards questions of systemic injustice.

Mukbang: A ludic way to have a meal

Column
Natalia Wijayanti
01/11/2018
5 minutes to read

Mukbang culture introduces a ludic way to enjoy food. In what way does this new approach to food challenge existing ideas on healthy living?

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Alice Weidel: the lesbian against gay rights

Article
Rosalie Vaarten
24/01/2018
9 minutes to read

This article investigates how Alice Weidel, co-leader of the extreme-right AfD party and also a lesbian, is able to make her personal identity beneficial to the party.

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Waarom Schild en Vrienden geen marginaal fenomeen is

Article
Ico Maly
10/09/2018
14 minutes to read

Schild en Vrienden kunnen we niet begrijpen als een louter Vlaamse actiegroep. In elke actie is de globale dimensie van dit Nieuw Rechtse activisme duidelijk, zo stelt Ico Maly (Tilburg University)

Ramptoeristen! Waarom schrijvers ons over hun scheiding vertellen

Article
Sander Bax
15/03/2018
11 minutes to read

Schrijvers als Suzanne Rethans, Henk van Straten en Elke Geurts schrijven erg openhartig over het stuklopen van hun relatie. Sander Bax laat zien dat hier een fundamenteel mechanisme van de hedendaagse literaire mediacultuur aan ten grondslag ligt.

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Trump, why do people love you?

Article
Blean Tsige
14/01/2019
15 minutes to read

The purpose of this article is an attempt to understand the support system Trump has developed throughout his presidency. Likewise, I am trying to criticize and highlight aspects of his journey.