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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Conservative critiques of identity politics as divisive

Column
Rosalyn Negrón
21/01/2020
11 minutes to read

Rosalyn Negron unpacks the logics that underlie conservative critiques of left identity politics and zooms in on the specific significance of this discursive frame among conservatives.

Jeffree Star and the LGBTQ Community

Article
Anne Sieberichs
09/05/2019
11 minutes to read

The world of YouTubers is diverse and colorful. An example of this big world is male make-up YouTuber Jeffree Star. This article discusses why he is contributing in the LGBTQ community. 

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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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Cyberbullying: a 21st-Century Phenomenon

Article
Reisha FG Grigoria
01/11/2018
13 minutes to read

The internet is everywhere and sadly that also means that bullies have more opportunities than ever to get to their victims. An analysis of two of such cases in relation to the copycat effect.

Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong

Paper
Ho Chuen Ng
15/03/2017
23 minutes to read

This paper uses the Umbrella Movement as a case study to illustrate how the digital world can empower people in social movements. 

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I downloaded six period tracking apps and things got weird

Article
Victoria Mohr
24/05/2019
16 minutes to read

Using the concept of chronotopes, period tracking apps are analyzed for culturally significant priorities and constructions such as emphasis on fertility, medicalization, and feminity.

Health

Anti-vaccine movement: the epidemic of stupid

Column
Blean Tsige
15/04/2019
13 minutes to read

The purpose of this column is to highlight the influence of social networking platforms on society. In particular on the way in which the outbreak of measles can be blamed on to misinformation that is spread on these platforms.

Metalheads: fighting the stereotypes

Paper
Karlijn Raaijmakers
01/11/2018
16 minutes to read

Do you really need to have dirty long hair, black clothes, band T-shirts and be covered in tattoos and piercings to classify as a metalhead? This paper portrays the micro-population of metalheads and how it deals with its many stereotypes. 

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Black Lives Matter too: from #hashtag to movement

Paper
Iris Wijers
26/09/2017
28 minutes to read

The Black Lives Matter movement has become a real phenomenon in American society. Iris Wijers analyzes this powerful and polarizing movement.