Facebook, privacy,

Our data: public by default, private through effort?

Article
Romy van Geffen
10/12/2018
12 minutes to read

Review of Facebook's privacy settings: What is their idea of the level of publicity and privacy? How do they encourage users to be either public or private by presenting certain defaults?

Stop hating your body

Body culture, identity risks and NEDA week

Article
Meauraine van Gorp
05/03/2018
4 minutes to read

What if what you see in the mirror is not how you want others to see you? Find it out in this article on body culture, identity risks and NEDA week.

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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?

Understanding conspiracy theories in modern culture

Conspiracy theories in digital culture

Article
Romy van Geffen
25/09/2019
9 minutes to read

Conspiracy theories are not a new phenomenon; they existed long before the Internet came along . Nowadays, however, the media play a big role in contributing to and promoting those theories. 

nation of immigrants, nation of laws

A Nation of Immigrants or a Nation of Laws?

Column
Rosalyn Negrón
30/09/2019
8 minutes to read

The very American phrase "nation of immigrants, nation of laws" now characterizes very different and polarized Americas.

The power of online reviews in decision-making

Article
Nadine Visser
05/06/2020
11 minutes to read

Online reviews are widely used for decision-making in daily life. Reviews of entertainment objects (e.g. films, books) are used as evidence of their quality. In this paper, we discuss the construction of "experts" on cultural knowledge online.

Victims of Illegal Repression in Chile

Chile violates Human Rights (and everyone can see it on Twitter)

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
12/11/2019
5 minutes to read

Violations of human rights in Chile are evident in pictures, videos and testimonies. To Latin Americans, they resemble reports of human rights violations by military dictatorships, like the Never Again in Argentina. Is Twitter the new Never Again?

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.

irony poinsoning

On being diagnosed with irony poisoning

Column
Piia Varis
14/03/2019
8 minutes to read

What is irony poisoning? And should we really take it seriously as scholars? Piia Varis (Tilburg University) joins the debate. 

Picture of rapper Lizzo

Lizzo, body positivity and being '100% THAT bitch'

Article
Simone Sprangers
19/02/2020
17 minutes to read

The infamous line '100% that bitch' from hit song 'Truth Hurts', made rapper Lizzo one of the biggest names in music today. Her success story is closely connected to the current phase of globalization.