Conspiracy theorising online is not only an interesting object of research in itself, says Piia Varis (Tilburg University) but as a phenomenon it also seems fruitful ground for understanding present-day media, culture, and politics more generally.
#bodypositive has been used by more than 4 million users on Instagram. This paper uses a Foucauldian lens to explore how body positive Instagrammers counter normative discourses of the body in western societies.
In every culture and group, you can find them: the outsiders. Outsiders are seen as 'abnormal', they are deviating from the norm, often unusual in an unwelcome or problematic way. In the Manosphere, there are even outsiders-among-outsiders.
Pretty notes, reminders to drink water and motivational quotes are all part of the Studyblr community. With their dedication to studying, they inspire people all over the world to be productive. What is the story of these "perfect" students?
The public sphere has been controlled by humans for years, but in the last decade, there has been a shift from human gatekeepers to algorithmic ones. This essay describes the consequences this algorithmic culture has for the public sphere.
Technical developments and the growth of social media have caused politicians to start using social media as a tool for their political campaigns. This is also the case for Alice Weidel: the leader of the AfD. What are the consequences?
K-Pop fans can now be found all over the world. Due to the mass organized fan actions, traditions, and complicated language, the K-Pop fandom sets itself apart from other fandoms. In this article I look at K-Pop fans on Twitter as a cultural niche.
According to Dr. Mingyi Hou social media celebrities are 'gendered'. For instance, female social media celebrities in China conceal social constraints, while male social media celebrities try to reveal social constraints.
Biometric data plays a huge role in our everyday lives. We use it to unlock our phones, for bank payments, memberships and travelling. But do we ever think about risks connected to our biometric privacy?