K-pop group Omega X

Omega X: Reporting the abuse of a K-pop group

Article
Femke Pulles
08/05/2023
10 minutes to read

K-pop group Omega X has faced mistreatment by their record label. This paper will analyze the way this issue is reported online in-depth, and the influence of the digital industry and technologies on journalistic practices regarding this matter.

Samsung Health

Samsung Health: How self-tracking trivialises our ethical concerns

Article
Angela Veltman
06/02/2023
11 minutes to read

The high level of data sharing has become a common practice. This essay examines the Samsung Health application and its benefits and disadvantages on the users, using gamification, behaviour modification and surveillance capitalism.

JEf Verschueren, complicity, practice, discourse

Complicity in practice and discourse (Jef Verschueren)

Review
Tom Van Hout
16/08/2023
4 minutes to read

In this thought-provoking essay, Jef Verschueren marshals progressive values of solidarity, community, and engagement and compels us to embrace and share responsibility for a healthier public sphere. 

Diversity and representation in TV and movies and why it matters

Paper
Florentine Bakkenes
27/06/2022
10 minutes to read

This paper explores the positive and negative effects of representation that we see in TV programs or movies and discusses Encanto and Emily in Paris as examples that do it right and wrong. 

Five of the main characters of Skam walking, with yellow text saying SKAM in front of them.

The lived experience of teenagers in Norway and beyond in Skam (Julie Andem)

Review
Marieke Weeda
07/09/2022
7 minutes to read

This review explains how greatly the Norwegian show SKAM deals with themes of identity in both globally universal and locally specific ways.

The photo of Len Cella

Len Cella: the first content creator before social media existed

Paper
Szymon Zbiegniewski
04/02/2022
8 minutes to read

Len Cella was an innovator back in the '80s who created what can retroactively be described as the first TikToks. What kind of impact have his early sketches had on the social media and content creators of today's age?

Stephen King's mixed bag of a Fairy Tale (Stephen King)

Review
Vinicio Ntouvlis
29/03/2023
7 minutes to read

Stephen King's 65th novel is a loving tribute to the stories he grew up with, but does it have a worthwhile new one to offer?

Witch in the woods

#Hexit: witches in Dutch political discourse

Paper
Ruben den Boer
28/02/2022
14 minutes to read

Witches are hardly political figures, but their name and likeliness are used in Dutch political discourse, for example in the hashtag #hexit. So, what actually is the discursive function of witches is in Dutch political discourse?

Behind the Curtain: “1984”’s Aesthetics of Immediacy

Article
Inge van de Ven
25/01/2024
12 minutes to read

The TV ad “1984” introducing Apple's Macintosh PC has many intertexts—from the aesthetics of fascism to Plato to The Truman Show. This article discusses the video’s ‘aesthetics of immediacy.’

How Marianne Williamson rises without mass media attention

Article
Thu Pham
19/02/2024
16 minutes to read

Marianne Williamson is running for the 2024 U.S. presidential elections against all odds. In this article, we look at how she uses social media to gain attention and get her message across to voters in a hybrid media system.

#MillionDollarBabies. Sharenting and its influence on kids

Article
Selin Aydinli
15/09/2023
14 minutes to read

Increasing possibilities and features of social media are emerging that make certain posts more appealing, like parenting content, with the result that private insights are being shared in public more and more frequently. 

Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

A lover or a monster: Jeffrey Dahmer in the true crime genre

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
30/11/2022
11 minutes to read

Netflix's newest series on Jeffrey Dahmer has sparked a large debate. In this study, I look at the Twitter conversations surrounding the Dahmer series and how they affect the broader conversation about the ethics of the true crime genre.

“Hey Google, is buying your smart home speaker actually that smart?”

Paper
Isobel Huisman
08/01/2024
12 minutes to read

Smart home devices have made our lives easier, but at what cost? This paper aims to explore what privacy issues voice interactions with the Google Nest speaker raise for its users and why we choose to continue to use these speakers.