Deep fakes - an emerging risk to societies

Paper
Tunde Farago
18/11/2019
22 minutes to read

Deep fakes are a rapidly evolving technology that can easily fool not just our human senses, but also the software created to counter them. This paper explores their potential social, cultural and political implications.

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Performativity by Philosophy Tube

Article
Merel Groot
12/10/2020
19 minutes to read

Philosophy Tube is a YouTube channel about philosophy which uses a theatrical style. In some videos, the author talks about his own life. This article analyses two videos to see how he combines theater with elements of real-life experiences.

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Political polarization in Ghent: a "radical" linguistic landscape

Article
Claudia Gerards
08/05/2020
32 minutes to read

With a shift towards the far-right, politics in Flanders have become rather polarized. In Ghent's linguistic landscape, we see counter noise coming from the left. What does this tell us about Ghent in the context of Flemish politics?

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Women and online privacy: Understanding the privacy paradox

Paper
Rebecca de Jongh
07/09/2020
9 minutes to read

Women find themselves at a crossroads where their online presence could lead to empowerment or to added scrutiny. What is the privacy paradox and what happens to women when they face it?

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Conservative critiques of identity politics as divisive

Column
Rosalyn Negrón
21/01/2020
11 minutes to read

Rosalyn Negron unpacks the logics that underlie conservative critiques of left identity politics and zooms in on the specific significance of this discursive frame among conservatives.

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Chernobyl as a medium of global art

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
30/10/2020
14 minutes to read

People all around the world discover the topic of Chernobyl and rethink the tragedy of 1986 through works of art connected to nuclear energy, information, and politics. How does art creation on a global scale remind us of the tragedy?

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Instagram slideshows: making the political 'aesthetic'

Article
Jessaline Tanjung
01/06/2021
14 minutes to read

This article explores how Instagram slide shows rose to prominence during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, and what this means for the future of online activism. 

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Capharnaüm: an engaging story about Beirut

Article
Nadine Visser
13/05/2020
15 minutes to read

Capharnaüm is a realistic docudrama about a twelve-year old boy who wants to sue his parents. This paper discusses the realism and effects on the audience.

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Let’s talk about big tech (no, not you)

Column
Linnet Taylor
25/02/2020
4 minutes to read

In her first Diggit column, Linnet Taylor (Tilburg University) makes the case that big tech has a consent problem and that researchers should address the lumpy, inconvenient, political reality of big tech.

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On racism and how to read Hannah Arendt

Column
Ana Deumert
27/02/2020
8 minutes to read

In this column Ana Deumert looks at the work of Hannah Arendt. She asks how scholars can engage with her work, given the persistent presence of racist tropes in her writings.

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How convergence culture makes BoJack Horseman possible

Article
Rebecca de Jongh
21/04/2020
7 minutes to read

The way we watch television has drastically changed since the nineties. We no longer simply consume, we participate. This article examines BoJack Horseman as a case study to explain how convergence culture has altered the way we consume media.

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Why we let Web 2.0 become the modern-day Stasi

Article
Lisa van Turnhout
25/05/2020
13 minutes to read

This article contemplates how our "culture of connectivity" brings forth privacy issues reminding us of government surveillance in East Germany. How does this work, and how do we all contribute to this culture?

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Irish or English: the case of footballer Declan Rice

Article
Ot van de Rijzen
05/03/2021
12 minutes to read

An analysis of the discourse surrounding footballer Declan Rice's switch of national allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England in 2019.