Before Parler was removed from Google and Apple's appstores and deleted from the Amazon servers, Parler users discussed the apparent 'cancellation' of their plaform. An analysis of their responses reveals a complex fusion of very distinct values and beliefs that can be linked to, inter alia, the Manosphere, alt-right movements and a whole range of conspiracy theories.

Professor José van Dijck

Professor José van Dijck on today's 'platform society'

Video
Inge Beekmans
11/02/2019

Who is responsible for public values in an online society? Professor José van Dijck talks about the challenges Europe is facing because of 'GAFAM' (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft) and the impact dataflows are having on our daily lives.

Google's representation of the world

Google Maps' commercially oriented representation of the world

Article
Anne Marte Gardenier
24/08/2020
15 minutes to read

Google Maps displays a commercially oriented representation of the world. This influences how map users perform in the represented space. However, this subjective representation is obscured by the app's widespread use and its features' framing.

Facebook and the Rohingya genocide deniers

Paper
Tunde Farago
21/10/2019
17 minutes to read

How do the Rohingya genocide deniers use Facebook to spread their narratives and what kind of arguments do they use to support their claims?

Michelle Obama as a representative of the When We All Vote Squad

How Michelle Obama uses algorithmic knowledge

Paper
Ilse van Knegsel
28/04/2021
16 minutes to read

Michelle Obama is no longer America's First Lady, but through her social media presence, always being on-message, and algorithmic knowledge, she maintains her political impact.

The Era of Audio: The rise of podcasts

Article
Savina Karneva
08/09/2021
17 minutes to read

This paper focuses on the growth of the podcast industry and its development over the years. It tackles the role of social media influencers and celebrities in that growth and the social effects of this new trend. 

AOC, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez,

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.

human minds and animal stories review gorilla animal narratives attitudes towards animals

Human Minds and Animal Stories, or How Narratives Shape Attitudes (Malecki, Sorokowski, Pawlowski, Cienski)

Review
Luiza Dubicka
07/12/2020
12 minutes to read

Human Minds and Animal Stories takes a look at how stories can change human attitudes towards other species. A change in attitudes can lead to change in our current practices involving animals. Can an academic publication reach a broader audience?

beirut

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.

Meghan Markle

The shift in the celebrity image of Meghan Markle

Paper
Tessa Willemsen
16/12/2021
15 minutes to read

An analysis of Meghan Markle and the shift in her image from being part of the royal family to deciding to take a step back. 

Health

Anti-vaccine movement: the epidemic of stupid

Column
Blean Tsige
15/04/2019
13 minutes to read

The purpose of this column is to highlight the influence of social networking platforms on society. In particular on the way in which the outbreak of measles can be blamed on to misinformation that is spread on these platforms.

Eurovision as a platform for international politics

Article
Anouk Smeets
24/03/2020
15 minutes to read

This article examines how the Eurovision Song Contest can become a platform for contestants to make political statements through their performances and the curation of their identities.