"Caveman" by Bryce Bradford

The Fear Factor: How Modern Media Capitalize on Our Primal Instinct

Paper
Marijn van Engelen
19 minutes to read
24/06/2024

What is the attention economy, and how does it relate to fear? This paper illustrates from an evolutionary psychological perspective how media can cater to our primal fears to capture and profit from our attention.

What is the attention economy, and how does it relate to fear? This paper illustrates from an evolutionary psychological perspective how media can cater to our primal fears to capture and profit from our attention.

Black and White Photo of the Trio "Daughter" looking away

Lamenting Lost Futures through "Youth" by Daughter

Paper
Clara Daniels
31/01/2024
6 minutes to read

Since its release in 2011, the song "Youth" by "Daughter" has taken up a journey of its own, being featured in video games, movies and advertisements over the last decade. How can something described as "hauntingly beautiful" woe the masses?

“Gentlemen, Here We Invest With Balls”: Cryptos and the Celebration of Unfettered Hegemonic Masculinity

Paper
Wessel Joosten
29/01/2024
16 minutes to read

This paper analyzes various texts from social media concerning the displays of hegemonic masculinity in the crypto world. Through the analysis in this paper, we will explain the subculture created by crypto bros and their ideology.

Måns Zelmerlöw happy after winning ESC in 2015

The Story of Fire Saga: Where Parody Meets the Parodied

Paper
Linsey van Kuijk
10/01/2024
9 minutes to read

The movie 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga' is a fictional story about two artists competing in the Eurovision Song Contest, situating itself at an interesting intersection between fiction and real-life. 

“Hey Google, is buying your smart home speaker actually that smart?”

Paper
Isobel Huisman
08/01/2024
12 minutes to read

Smart home devices have made our lives easier, but at what cost? This paper aims to explore what privacy issues voice interactions with the Google Nest speaker raise for its users and why we choose to continue to use these speakers. 

Truth Social in the Apple App Store on an iPhone

The truth on Truth Social

Paper
Hannah Meijaard
13/02/2023
16 minutes to read

A discourse analysis on the platform "Truth Social", created by former US president Donald J. Trump.