Pulse's main character Kudo Michi looks back at a human-shaped ash stain on the wall

Techno-horror and Hauntology: Pulse’s cry for help in a technologically dependent world

Paper
Paige Christianne Andres
08/04/2022
8 minutes to read

Pulse explores themes of the unknown and loneliness on the Internet. This article explores how this film uses techno-horror and its ghosts as a metaphor for our perception of and attitude towards technology, the Internet, and the unknown.

‘5G users be like’: (In)visibility as evidence in 5G conspiracy memes

Article
Mijke Akkermans
09/09/2020
15 minutes to read

For several years, conspiracy theorists have promoted the idea that 5G waves are harmful for one's health, now even relating this to the coronavirus. This paper explores how memes are used to define (in)visibility as evidence within this theory.

Calling out the homofobus

Article
Ania Borkusewicz
23/02/2021
14 minutes to read

This article explores both offline and online responses to the Homofobus protest van in Poland and how these responses interact. 

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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?

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.

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Bloody amazing, this menstrual activism

Column
Mijke Akkermans
17/09/2019
4 minutes to read

The necessity of the powerful practice of menstrual activism is deliniated in this column, which discusses its development and achievements, a personal opinion on its influence and its presence in the contemporary artistic sphere.

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Disney Parks and soft globalization

Article
Joël Grassère
14/02/2020
14 minutes to read

Disney has spread its Parks all over the world but faces new challenges that can only be solved by adapting its product to local cultures. The article explores how local and global forces together with Disney's identity influence their products.

The MCU is the Marvel Cinematic Universe: a franchise and shared-universe in which 23 movies produced by Marvel Studios take place.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe: a realistic fictional world

Paper
Renske Jacobs
24/08/2022
11 minutes to read

In this paper, we explore how Marvel Studios creates a fictional universe that remains realistic in its own right. The main focus is on the reality effect, the paradox of fiction and consistency in the movies' characters.

The Dutch Railways' Language Policies

Article
Solange Coenegracht
30/11/2020
6 minutes to read

The use of English at the Dutch Railway Operator NS seems to be rather sporadic. The current article tries to find out what their language policy is regarding the use of English. The NS should opt for a more structured and well-defined policy.

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Coronavirus memes: Laughing the apocalypse away

Article
Jana Nuiten
14/09/2020
10 minutes to read

As the coronavirus pandemic has taken hold, coronavirus memes have emerged. In memes, people find an outlet for being humorous and coping with the harsh circumstances they are living in at the moment.

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.

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Perspectives on the Pro-Life Movement in the US

Article
Kelly Burnet
04/03/2022
19 minutes to read

In this article, the pro-life movement in the United States will be discussed. Pro-life is anti-abortion and for (protecting) life. Pro-lifers see abortion as immoral as it kills the innocent life inside the womb.