Is Wie Is de Mol making us paranoid?

Article
Inge van de Ven
04/03/2022
9 minutes to read

Saturday evening, March 5, is the finale of the 22nd season of Wie Is de Mol. We discuss the role of collective intelligence, the ways in which the show provokes distrust in its fans, and the ‘hybrid media’ element brought in by this live event.

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Dangers of being trapped in an echo chamber

Article
Eva de Jonge
04/10/2021
10 minutes to read

Algorithms, echo chamber and fake news. How echo chambers are created by algorithms and how fake news within them can cause many problems.

Girl doing her homework on her computer

Gamification in self-improvement apps

Paper
Rebecca de Jongh
05/10/2020
11 minutes to read

Through gamification it is possible to work on a more engaging way of learning and to truly let learners use their creative potential. Nevertheless, we should keep in mind that using gamification is highly contextualized.

Debates on populism and diversity

The monolingual bias in studies on populism

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
06/02/2020
4 minutes to read

Scholarly articles written in English about populism often forget linguistic and discursive diversity.  Drawing from a monolingual tradition, they tend to overlook linguistic and discursive diversity in the political processes they study.

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Perspectives on the Pro-Life Movement in the US

Article
Kelly Burnet
04/03/2022
19 minutes to read

In this article, the pro-life movement in the United States will be discussed. Pro-life is anti-abortion and for (protecting) life. Pro-lifers see abortion as immoral as it kills the innocent life inside the womb. 

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The deviant image of student association Vindicat

Paper
Ruben den Boer
16/03/2022
16 minutes to read

How student association Vindicat tried to restore its own image by labeling individual members as 'deviants' (and failed). 

A picture of Diederik Gommers from his Instagram

Diederik Gommers the ICfluencer

Paper
Emma Wieringa
12/04/2021
15 minutes to read

Doctor Diederik Gommers has become increasingly important in Dutch media and politics. He has embraced the hybrid media system to encourage his young followers to follow COVID-19 measures, all while keeping his posts personal and relatable.

The power of Bolsonaro’s message in his campaign

Article
Sofia Sidericoudes
09/03/2020
21 minutes to read

The way Bolsonaro’s message was constructed and communicated in the 2018 Brazilian elections triggered a hybrid mobilization power from his supporters that guaranteed his winning. Digital platforms were particularly instrumental to this.

"Biological sex is real": Is J.K. Rowling anti-trans?

Article
Eva de Jonge
11/10/2021
16 minutes to read

J.K. Rowling has been prevalent in the media recently due to her outspoken Tweets and essay. This article aims to find out whether these writings indicate Rowling as anti-trans

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. 

Matteo Salvini: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Digital Media

Matteo Salvini: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Digital Media

Paper
Anita Vrins
21/02/2022
11 minutes to read

Matteo Salvini is a prominent figure in Italian politics. Part of his influence comes from a successful combination of traditional and digital media advertising. In this article, it is discussed how Salvini manages to stay ahead of the competition.

Poster Extinction Rebellion on a lamppost

Extinction Rebellion's Global Hunger Strike

Article
Merel Groot
27/01/2020
15 minutes to read

Controversial activist movement Extinction Rebellion organized a Global Hunger Strike to raise awareness on food shortages globally, urging governments to take action. This article examines how they used Facebook's affordances for their campaign.

"Window of culture" at the Junho Medical Center

Asian Culture and Commodity in the City Centre of Tilburg

Article
Marit van Dijck
17/09/2021
13 minutes to read

This paper is focussed on Asian culture and commodity in the city centre of Tilburg in the form of linguistic and semiotic signs. Therefore we found three shops that represent important aspects of life: health, beauty and nutrition.