Lady Gaga on the red carpet

Little Monsters: The fans behind Lady Gaga

Article
Juul Seuren
06/04/2020
11 minutes to read

Pop artist and icon Lady Gaga has a huge fanbase who call themselves Little Monsters. These Little Monsters can be described as a social group. This article introduces them and focuses on how they function as a group in today's society.

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How Netflix suggests what to watch

Paper
Anne Marte Gardenier
14/04/2020
9 minutes to read

This article gives an overview of the way in which Netflix makes use of computational research techniques in their recommendation system and in the production of highly personalized content.

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VVD on TikTok: Genuine connection or political stunt?

Article
Idhuna Pastoor
04/05/2020
15 minutes to read

When the Dutch political party the VVD joined TikTok, reactions varied. Can the VVD effectively reach the youth on TikTok? Or are they missing the point and creating a ludicrous image for themselves?

Up Close and Personal with Wokies ASMR, your Virtual Girlfriend

Article
Inge van de Ven
22/01/2021
16 minutes to read

Meet Wokies ASMR, your Virtual Girlfriend. We can call her Jasmine. Jasmine is a creator of  ASMR girlfriend content on YouTube and OnlyFans. Inge van de Ven interviewed her for a forthcoming book chapter on digital intimacies.

Protests in Bulgaria: "Mafia" Out

Article
Savina Karneva
09/12/2020
12 minutes to read

Bulgaria has faced significant protests against a corrupt government in 2020. This paper presents an analysis of how activists have used social media to coordinate political actions and gain international attention for their cause.

HBO’s Euphoria is not just another teen drama

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

Euphoria is a new HBO series that follows the lives of a circle of teenagers. In this paper, I describe how Euphoria is unlike any other show about teenagers on TV at the moment thanks to its storytelling techniques.

Anti-Referendum Protest, Bucharest Romania

The Case of Romania’s Family Referendum

Article
Alina Andrei
27/03/2019
10 minutes to read

When doing politics, doing nothing is clearly not the right approach – but doing nothing was the effective strategy by which the hateful acts of the Romanian government, framed as a Family Referendum, were stopped on the 6th and 7th of October.

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Revealing racist words in the superdiverse era

Paper
Anne Marte Gardenier
02/06/2020
11 minutes to read

This article focuses on Dutch vocabulary changes that are brought on by inter-cultural contact as a result of globalization. The superdiverse population of the Netherlands is raising awareness for racist Dutch vocabulary. 

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.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's populism and relatability

Article
Nikoletta Georgiou
17/02/2020
12 minutes to read

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest congresswoman ever to be elected and a rising political star. This article analyses her "relatable" media presence with regard to how it boosts her continuously growing influence.

QAnon appearing at Trump rallies.

QAnon: a wild conspiracy theory with Donald Trump’s support?

Paper
Idhuna Pastoor
29/01/2020
23 minutes to read

The pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon has been infiltrating mainstream media at a fast pace. While the president has never publicly stated his support for the theory, many clues suggest that his stance towards its supporters is not unfavorable.

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.

Native Advertising: distinguishing promotional from editorial content

Article
Valentina Brkan
19/10/2020
8 minutes to read

Native advertising is becoming an increasingly used marketing strategy. Instead of classic banner ads, marketers opt for this non-intrusive way of advertising. This article explores the growth of native advertising in journalistic mediums.