Events

MeWe: Mark Weinstein’s technological utopia

Paper
Nikki Bergmans
12/06/2023
15 minutes to read

This article unravels how Mark Weinstein questions the surveillance capitalist hegemony of Silicon Valley and discursively constructs a technological utopia by translating his beliefs into social media platform MeWe.

Maptivism: how Strava affords identity work

Column
Ruben den Boer
16/06/2022
6 minutes to read

Self-tracking can be used for identity work. In this essay, I explore how a self-tracking app I use - Strava - affords identity work through slacktivist discourse affordances.

Platform Affordances and Foreign Policy

Paper
Nikki Bergmans
17/04/2024
13 minutes to read

This article compares and contrasts Twitter and Facebook discourse, looks at how social media influences foreign policy conversations and considers the influence of platform affordances.
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Deviating from the mainstream: Amish or Uber-Hipsters?

Paper
Femke van Bree
17/10/2022
8 minutes to read

In this paper, we intend to find out if the hipster subculture is inspired by the Amish subculture. We will investigate this by analyzing two typical cultural features: appearance (fashion) and food. 

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RiRi is back? Public discourse on Rihanna’s comeback

Article
Maaike Lobbezoo
28/06/2023
12 minutes to read

Rihanna will be performing the Super Bowl 2023 in February. The announcement of the singer was received with open arms by the fans. This paper aims to investigate the public's reaction to the announcement on social media. 

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Code red: Rupi Kaur’s menstrual activism that invited online trolls

Article
Jessaline Tanjung
17/02/2023
12 minutes to read

This article breaks down Rupi Kaur's online menstrual activism. We see how menstrual activism evolved into online activism and discuss whether the negative comments and trolling Kaur experienced are inevitable consequences of activism.

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Being one of them: Participating in an online community while researching cultural heritage

Article
Jos Swanenberg
02/08/2022
9 minutes to read

How can researchers use social media to empower speakers of local dialects? In this article, Jos Swanenberg explains how Facebook and Instagram helped him to collect data on language variation, while simultaneously connecting with members of the community and handing back the accumulated knowledge.

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Tommaso Venturini on Controversy Mapping

Video
The Editors
19/09/2022

Tommaso Venturini avoided questions about the meaning of 'controversies' and 'Controversy Mapping'. But that's no longer the case. In this video, he explains what 'Controversy Mapping' is and why it is relevant.

When Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron wrote The Californian Ideology over 25 years ago, people believed the whole world would soon resemble the United States. Today, the situation appears much different. China appears to be the most futuristic country in the world and the United States, together with its  monopolistic tech companies, might represent a past we'd want to leave behind sooner rather than later. 

It's Giving Gay? - On the discourse about Shawn Mendes' sexuality

Paper
Jitske Verhagen
06/05/2022
11 minutes to read

In this paper, the discourse that emerged as a result of Shawn Mendes saying 'it's giving Cher' in his Vogue Met Gala video will be analysed. A look will be taken into why this led to people thinking he must be queer.

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The Kamergotchi-app: Constructing Digital Literacies with Arjen Lubach

Article
Femke van Bree
26/02/2024
12 minutes to read

Arjen Lubach has often succeeded in changing the Dutch political agenda with calls to action and satire. This article explores how Lubach uses digital tools in his digital activism and demonstrates how he constructs digital literacies in doing so.

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GOLDEN vs. IWASAKI: Perspectives about Geishas

Article
Nathaly Yumi da Silva
14/12/2022
21 minutes to read

Golden and Iwasaki have totally different concepts about geishas. The conflict between them is clear: while Golden casts them as prostitutes, Iwasaki reveals them as artists. This article explores these perspectives.

Environmental Justice and Experiential Education: A Hands-on Approach to Building a Better Future

Article
Katherine Huber
20/05/2024
12 minutes to read

While people in the Global North enjoy the benefits of extraction economies that exacerbate ocean acidification, rising sea levels, and perturbating feedback loops, people in the Global South are often most severely affected by climate change. As institutions like museums and universities play a vital role in the interrelated histories of climate change, migration, and knowledge production, it seems vital to learn students how to discuss issues of climate justice. This article explains how experiential education holds particular significance in the climate crisis.

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Lamenting Lost Futures through "Youth" by Daughter

Paper
Clara Daniels
31/01/2024
6 minutes to read

Since its release in 2011, the song "Youth" by "Daughter" has taken up a journey of its own, being featured in video games, movies and advertisements over the last decade. How can something described as "hauntingly beautiful" woe the masses?