Jacinda Ardern smiling in the camera, posing with a piece of pie.

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand's most eminent political influencer

Paper
Lea Goeron
01/03/2021
11 minutes to read

Jacinda Ardern is one of the most popular politicians worldwide thanks to her online presence. This paper focuses on how she uses social media to boost her popularity and remain relevant as a political figure in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern is one of the most popular politicians worldwide thanks to her online presence. This paper focuses on how she uses social media to boost her popularity and remain relevant as a political figure in New Zealand.

Fansubbers in China: A “Promethean community” in a gray zone

Paper
Chen Li
22/02/2021
14 minutes to read

The community of fansubbers in China induces both admiration and criticism from the public. This article explores the identity-making and controversies induced by fansubbers in today's globalization and digital world.

Stay home during Corona crisis or be judged.

Covidiots and the ‘stay home behavioural script’

Paper
Lisa van Turnhout
22/02/2021
10 minutes to read

The corona crisis has shown how quickly cultural repertoires can change when society is at risk. The norms we used to take for granted are now turned upside down, changing the way we perceive others and ourselves.

Terrorising Ourselves: What Us Can Teach Us about Authenticity

Paper
Rebecca de Jongh
15/02/2021
10 minutes to read

This paper investigates the concept of authenticity through analysing the movie Us (Peele, 2019). Theories on authenticity by Charles Taylor and various ideas about the uncanny valley are used to analyse this intriguing movie.

Chrissy Teigen's tragedy - too private or not public enough?

Paper
Kirsten Verbeek
05/02/2021
10 minutes to read

Chrissy Teigen shared news of her stillbirth via Instagram. The comments weren’t as loving as you might expect. This article aims to answer the question: 'why do people react so negatively towards something accused of being (too) private?'

Pokémon Go as a Self-Tracking Application

Paper
Chi-chieh Huang
22/01/2021
23 minutes to read

By examining voices from Pokémon Go communities and developers, this article aims to formulate Pokémon Go as a gamified self-tracking application that could play a part in individuals' betterment of themselves.

The Ekphrastic Poetry of James R. Eads

Paper
Roeline Machiels
04/01/2021
20 minutes to read

Ekphrastic poetry is poetry which is linked with an art piece and written in reaction to an illustration. The art and text generally work together in order to generate new meaning. James R. Eads' works are a good example of ekphrastic poetry.

The Notre-Dame fire

The Notre-Dame fire and digital vigilantism

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
21/12/2020
12 minutes to read

The whole world was watching when one of France's famous landmarks was the victim of a major fire. On April 15, 2019, the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral suffered a terrible tragedy. What role did social media play in spreading the news?

Stellenbosch University Language Policy changes for the Afrikaans Language

Paper
Nastassja Wessels
11/12/2020
27 minutes to read

An array of historical issues surrounding the Afrikaans Language has led to a final stand-off between the Open Stellenbosch movement and the Stellenbosch University, which resulted in a change in Language Policy. Was the LP process democratic? 

Dark Side of the Moon: How a Mockumentary Shapes Perception

Paper
Egle Talandyte
30/11/2020
9 minutes to read

Dark Side of the Moon (2002) is a French mockumentary which exposes the idea of the moon landing being filmed in a studio with the goal of invoking critical reflexivity to question the reliability of the presented discourse in media.