Finstagram: A chance to show the real 'you' on Istagram?

Paper
Emily van der Veen
04/09/2018
9 minutes to read

Finstagrams are a new social media phenomenon. This essay discusses why people are creating Finstagrams and argues why this is not necessarily a more true representation of yourself.  

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Lifting: a weapon against capitalism or boredom?

Article
Lea Goeron
27/02/2019
11 minutes to read

The lifting community on Tumblr keeps growing and growing. Calling themselves lifters, they take over a controversial niche on the quirky and queer website. They're bragging about stolen goods online, gain followers, likes and reshares.

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Algorithmic populism and algorithmic activism

Article
Ico Maly
26/11/2019
12 minutes to read

Digitalization gave birth to a new kind of populism: algorithmic populism. Algorithmic populism cannot be understood without taking the uptake and algorithmic activism in particular into account.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Guns

Article
Victoria Mohr
01/11/2018
12 minutes to read

This article examines how light communities on Twitter respond to mass shootings and gun violence, and how these responses entrench narratives and communities. 

Kristof Verfaillie

Diggit profile: Kristof Verfaillie

Interview
Jan Blommaert
20/01/2020

Criminologist Kristof Verfaillie discusses the totalizing and counterproductive aspects of contemporary, technologically shaped security and surveillance regimes.

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Nigel Farage's British Identity

Article
I. Duque Femenía
04/12/2018
13 minutes to read

What do bell bottoms and nationalism have in common? The are both outdated…and apparently back in style. Nigel Farage uses British Identity in ways reminiscent of past decades, from introspective foreign policy to who counts as a national. Groovy?

The design of breaking news on the Hong Kong protests

Article
Nurbanu Aslan
21/11/2019
15 minutes to read

The Hong Kong protests have caught non-stop media attention for over 100 days. But how do audiences perceive the protests? This article will show you how the story of the protests is designed, narrated, and framed.

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Tinder privacy is not going to happen

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
10/12/2019
15 minutes to read

Tinder has managed to collect millions of users despite its disturbing lack of privacy. Why does Tinder fail to secure individuals' data, and why are users still willing to take the risk to keep swiping? 

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Persepolis: an autobiographical graphic novel

Article
Susanne Vermeeren
22/11/2019
12 minutes to read

What are the advantages of writing your autobiography as a graphic novel, rather than a novel? This paper analyzes Satrapi's Persepolis as an autobiographical graphic novel.

Understanding conspiracy theories in modern culture

Conspiracy theories in digital culture

Article
Romy van Geffen
25/09/2019
9 minutes to read

Conspiracy theories are not a new phenomenon; they existed long before the Internet came along . Nowadays, however, the media play a big role in contributing to and promoting those theories. 

Dr. Linnet Taylor

Dr. Linnet Taylor on data justice

Video
The Editors
13/03/2019

Would you like to live in a world with perfect discrimination? Probably not. That's why thinking and talking about data justice is important. Dr. Linnet Taylor from Tilburg University explains.

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil's 'I Weigh' movement and its weight on society

Article
Lea Goeron
06/01/2020
9 minutes to read

In this article, we deal with the concept of body positivity, Jameela Jamil's 'I Weigh' movement on social media, and how she is trying to make the online world a safer place for teenagers and adolescents insecure about their image. 

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BREAKING: 'Devastating Al-Qaeda attacks in Norway'

Article
Mijke Akkermans
18/11/2019
11 minutes to read

This article investigates how news media worked through the 'breaking news' format in their reports about the 2011 Norway attacks by looking at the presence of experts and witnesses, and the use of the 'muslim-terror' format and its societal effects.