A picture of Diederik Gommers from his Instagram

Diederik Gommers the ICfluencer

Paper
Emma Wieringa
09/04/2021
15 minutes to read

Doctor Diederik Gommers has become increasingly important in Dutch media and politics. He has embraced the hybrid media system to encourage his young followers to follow COVID-19 measures, all while keeping his posts personal and relatable.

Doctor Diederik Gommers has become increasingly important in Dutch media and politics. He has embraced the hybrid media system to encourage his young followers to follow COVID-19 measures, all while keeping his posts personal and relatable.

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.

Kneel like a true American: Protesting in American civil religion

Paper
Eva van Malsen
26/10/2020
11 minutes to read

The negative public response to Colin Kaepernick taking a knee can be explained through America's passive sense of civil religion. However, his act should not be shoved aside as disrespectful, but as an act of 'tough love' patriotism.

How My People My Country Reconstructs Chinese National Identity

Academic paper
Haiyan Huang
20/10/2020
34 minutes to read

In this paper, we focus on investigating the discursive strategies appropriated by and the new connotations of Chinese national identity and nationalism advocated in the recent Chinese national blockbuster My People My Country (MPMC).

Fleabag: the series.

How Fleabag uses the fourth wall to create intimacy

Paper
Idhuna Pastoor
07/10/2020
21 minutes to read

This article explores how the series Fleabag destroys the fourth wall and what this means for the relationship between the viewer and Fleabag.

Girl doing her homework on her computer

Gamification in self-improvement apps

Paper
Rebecca de Jongh
05/10/2020
11 minutes to read

Through gamification it is possible to work on a more engaging way of learning and to truly let learners use their creative potential. Nevertheless, we should keep in mind that using gamification is highly contextualized.

Example autocorrection

Autocorrect: the ultimate influencer

Paper
Kirsten Verbeek
24/09/2020
12 minutes to read

Autocorrect should be seen as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is perceived as empowering since it positively influences users' productivity. On the other, it decreases students' motivation to learn grammar.

Understanding "I'm Still Here". This can't be real, right?

Paper
Hanne Hermens
16/09/2020
15 minutes to read

This essay explores the confusion that was ignited by the film I'm Still Here (2010) by analysing its form, purpose and content and comparing it to other forms of film.