VSCO girls on TikTok

Article
Marieke Weeda
10/02/2020
11 minutes to read

The phenomenon of VSCO girls started in the summer of 2019, but is now already waning. In this article, VSCO girls are approached as a micro-population. Their identity characteristics are examined along with their appreciation online.

Does a Fitbit make you healthier and happier?

Paper
Iris Olde Hampsink
06/09/2021
11 minutes to read

This article analyzes the app Fitbit, its aim and its game design elements. What makes Fitbit both successful and unsuccessful. Additionally, the article discusses what role participatory surveillance plays on the app. 

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Freedom, Authenticity, and Traveling

Article
Hilde Van De Laar
18/09/2019
12 minutes to read

Travelers these days are not that free and authentic as they were years ago. Travelers get influenced and followed provided by technological opportunities what results in a market mechanism of fake authenticity.  

Hong Kong Protesters

#MilkTeaAlliance: Social Media and big organizing in Hong Kong

Article
My Pham
17/06/2021
12 minutes to read

The Hong Kong protestors of the pro-democracy movement are expected to continue marching in 2021. Despite the violent clashes with police, their robust actions have caught the whole world's attention. 

Doctor Who Female Doctor Series 11

Doctor Who: Is there a female Doctor just to lure in young fans? (Chris Chibnall)

Review
Ananya Sen
20/01/2021
10 minutes to read

This review of the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who discusses gender representation and its relation to fandom, and whether the move to cast a female Doctor was indeed a step in the right direction. 

Dynamite Reaches 100 Million Views on YouTube

How the Kpop Community Uses YouTube’s Algorithm to Their Benefit

Article
Angela Veltman
27/09/2021
11 minutes to read

The mainstream media was surprised when BTS broke the record for most views in 24 hours on a video for their song Dynamite with 101 million views. This was the goal set to be achieved by BTS’ fandom. But how did they do this?

Reddit users asshole judgments

r/AmItheAsshole: How redditors cooperate to become better people

Article
Simon Moser
17/06/2020
16 minutes to read

In a world full of conflict and assholes, a digitally-versed ensemble of frustrated moral philosophers offers to provide free yet sincere judgment on past or upcoming choices. This article presents how the subreddit r/AmItheAsshole operates.

The (pseudo)science of profiling and surveillance

Column
Piia Varis
20/02/2020
9 minutes to read

Both online profiling and targeting as well as border surveillance are big business, but both also seem to rely on dubious scientific claims and foundations.

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Jane The Virgin: a westernized telenovela

Article
Emma Wieringa
27/04/2020
12 minutes to read

Telenovelas have been on Latin American television for a long time, but they are now starting to gain global attention. How does Jane the Virgin represent telenovelas in the western world?

How My People My Country Reconstructs Chinese National Identity

Academic paper
Haiyan Huang
20/10/2020
34 minutes to read

In this paper, we focus on investigating the discursive strategies appropriated by and the new connotations of Chinese national identity and nationalism advocated in the recent Chinese national blockbuster My People My Country (MPMC).

Michelle Obama as a representative of the When We All Vote Squad

How Michelle Obama uses algorithmic knowledge

Paper
Ilse van Knegsel
28/04/2021
16 minutes to read

Michelle Obama is no longer America's First Lady, but through her social media presence, always being on-message, and algorithmic knowledge, she maintains her political impact.

According to Dr. Taina Bucher, we should no longer talk about algorithms as purely 'technical'. Algorithms are complex socio-technical arrangements that are never devoid of human interference. In this video, Bucher talks about some of the arguments she makes in If... Then: Algorithmic Power and Politics.