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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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No Man is an Island: Locating Breivik in Islamophobic Discourse Online

Article
Victoria Mohr
30/10/2018
10 minutes to read

The 2011 shootings on Utoya, Norway were a shock for Europe. The shooter, Anders Breivik, stated he was acting alone and was declared a ‘lone wolf’. Breivik claimed he was acting alone, but is it really possible to act alone in a digital age?

ASMRtists and the online ASMR -communities

Article
Hanna ten Harmsen van der Beek
01/04/2019
11 minutes to read

In this article, the behavior and norms within the micro-population of ASMR lovers will be analyzed. What do you need to know and what way do you need to act to become one of them?

Youtube Demonitization Adcopalypse

YouTube's demonetization situation and the adpocalypse

Article
Alex Sinke
26/09/2018
12 minutes to read

YouTube, the most famous and global video sharing platform, is home to an overwhelming amount of content creators. However, the monetization scheme and the adpocalypse that followed have changed things for the worse.

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.  

Why do students partake in bilingual education?

Paper
Michael Vu
23/01/2019
13 minutes to read

While bilingual education in the Netherlands has been a self-declared success story, this article examines why both students and teachers want to be in it. 

The (in)visible Poetry Museum in Amsterdam

Paper
Chiara Palsgraaf
26/04/2019
17 minutes to read

The Poetry Museum raises consciousness on the role of AR, art and the museum in the public sphere. It shows that online media has the ability to influence the public sphere but is inevitably linked to the offline culture to establish changes.

Stop hating your body

Body culture, identity risks and NEDA week

Article
Meauraine van Gorp
05/03/2018
4 minutes to read

What if what you see in the mirror is not how you want others to see you? Find it out in this article on body culture, identity risks and NEDA week.

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Tumblr's ban of pornographic content

Article
Federica Morgandi
08/04/2019
11 minutes to read

Why does Tumblr have a new policy to ban all adult content? The general response of users is not positive, and this article will explore the reasons behind the decision, as well as the issue of content moderation that many platforms are facing

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What’s in a word: Neoliberalism or capitalism?

Column
Christian Chun
20/03/2019
5 minutes to read

Is there a difference between capitalism and neoliberalism? And what are the affordances of employing one term over another? Does this matter? According to Christian Chun (University of Massachusetts Boston) it does matter. 

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Millennials and their ‘backpack full of apps’

Article
Lea Goeron
07/05/2019
10 minutes to read

Millennials are a diverse group of independent individuals, who travel more and in all sorts of ways. Although they do not have the same purchasing power as previous generations, they are willing to spend for an 'authentic' travel adventure.

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Why has Cultural Marxism become the enemy?

Column
Jan Blommaert
17/03/2019
13 minutes to read

Cultural Marxism is blamed for "globalism" and its discontents. Perhaps exploring globalization can be an alternative for this deeply flawed conspiracy theory.

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.