Fictional Barbie's real YouTube career

Paper
Juliette Berndsen
02/09/2020
13 minutes to read

Barbie, the blond doll, now uploads vlogs to YouTube to educate and inspire children. By combining non-fiction elements with fiction along the lines of animation, character, and message, Mattel is making sure that their doll stays relevant.

Elena Ferrante’s Disappearing Act

Column
Inge van de Ven
07/09/2020
7 minutes to read

Good news for Elena Ferrante’s fans. The mysterious Italian bestseller author’s last and eighth novel, The Lying Life of Adults, is now available in book stores all over the world.

blinkist, app, review

Blinkist: Solving for Reading in the Attention Economy?

Article
Inge van de Ven
18/05/2020
10 minutes to read

Blinkist is an app developed by a software company in Berlin. According to its marketing campaign, it “makes reading books realistic again”. But what kind of reading does it facilitate? I tried the app for a week.

Meme communities and how to meme correctly

Interview
The Editors
03/06/2019

What are memes? And why is it important to study them? Ondřej Procházka is a PhD researcher affiliated with Charles University and Tilburg University. His research focuses on Internet meme communities and their sociolinguistic aspects.

How to be Kawaii in the 21st century?

Article
Seline Westerhof
28/10/2019
19 minutes to read

Kawaii is now found all over the internet. The Japanese term has become popular and is used by many over the world. However, due to this, it's historical sociopolitical meaning seems to be lost. Who decides what 'being Kawaii' means? 

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. 

Sexual monsters in a pandemic

Article
Tinka Krikke
19/11/2020
9 minutes to read

How are norms around sexual activity moralized as a tool for regulating behavior and controling the risk to society during the corona crisis? In this article, we discuss moral judgements on sexual encounters and masturbation in corona times.

Web 2.0 sees us.

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?

Merch for the ok, boomer trend

Ok boomer and the 'generation war'

Article
Leonie Milder
22/01/2020
14 minutes to read

By now, everyone has heard of it. The term ‘ok boomer’ has gone viral. The term comes from 'Baby Boomer', a name for the generation born between 1946 and 1964. Now, it means something completely different as the 'generation war' rages on.