BTS A.R.M.Y on Twitter

Article
Luna-Anastasia Riedel
02/06/2020
18 minutes to read

This article focuses BTS A.R.M.Y, the fandom of Korean boyband BTS as a niched culture on Twitter. It analyzes how the fandom influences BTS achievements and success on the global stage through their online support.

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.

Noor Unnahar in the world of Instapoetry

Paper
Lola Vos
15/06/2020
11 minutes to read

Instapoetry is a new phenomenon on the Instagram platform. This paper features a case study of Noor Unnahar's Instapoetry examining how her works bring together various media and to what effect.

#warrenselfie, Elisabeth Warren posing for a selfie

Elizabeth Warren: Campaigning with selfies

Article
Rianne Janssen
10/02/2020
11 minutes to read

Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic candidate for the 2020 US presidential elections, uses the strategy of the ‘selfie lines’. What is it and how does it work?

Being an NBA fan in Taiwan

Article
Chi-chieh Huang
15/05/2020
16 minutes to read

In light of the NBA-China controversy triggered in October 2019, the article examines the identity construction of Taiwanese NBA fans.

capitalism, neoliberalism

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. 

On the freedom to protest

Column
Ana Deumert
29/11/2018
7 minutes to read

A recent South African court ruling ended the requirement to give notification to the authorities before setting up protest actions. Ana Deumert agrees and in this column she reflects on the right to protest as central to democratic citizenship.

How did fake news run voters' opinions in the Brazilian elections

Article
Ana Clara Panontin Scarabelli
11/02/2019
21 minutes to read

Brazilian presidential election of 2018 became internationally known by the extreme rise of fake news. In this context, traditional media reappears as a counter-force for the fast spreads of false information.

Eating disorder sufferers on Twitter

Article
Tara van Dijk
07/10/2019
12 minutes to read

There is a social dimension to people suffering from an eating disorder. On platforms such like Twitter they form a social group. How is it to be a member of this community? 

The readable body of Trisha Paytas

Article
Egle Talandyte
09/12/2019
10 minutes to read

This paper uses the Foucauldian theoretical framework to analyze the online visual display of the (morphing) body of Trisha Paytas. 

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.

Dr. Mariek Vanden Abeele

Dr. Mariek Vanden Abeele on mobile media

Video
The Editors
07/11/2018

Mobile media play a huge role in our everyday lives. There are many reasons to be positive, but there is also a downside. Dr. Mariek Vanden Abeele talks about the impact mobile media have: "It's both the good, but also the bad."

Brazil Online: The Public Sphere and Communicative Capitalism

Article
Lucas Pascholatti
10/06/2020
17 minutes to read

This article aims to discuss the idea of a communicative capitalism behind mass media and its influence in social media. The article uses the theory of public sphere and criticises the idea of a online public sphere in Brazilian social media.

A once solely Jamaican based music style and culture started in the Jamaican dancehalls, inspired by ska and rocksteady, took over the world in the ’70s, Reggae.

Reggae as a global culture scape

Article
Naomi Hofman
22/06/2020
16 minutes to read

Jamaica is the center of a huge global culture scape: reggae. This article analyzes the globalization and history of reggae culture using Appadurai's concept of hard and soft globalization and Wallerstein's world-system analysis.