Ilo Ilo: Realism and Fiction in Singaporean Family Dynamics

Article
Zoe Kng
29/06/2020
14 minutes to read

In Ilo Ilo, Anthony Chen manages to capture 1990s Singapore through the use of multiple resources. The film encompasses the complexity and often unspoken issues of the introduction of a maid to a family riddled by their own internal problems.

In Ilo Ilo, Anthony Chen manages to capture 1990s Singapore through the use of multiple resources. The film encompasses the complexity and often unspoken issues of the introduction of a maid to a family riddled by their own internal problems.

André Rieu as a glocalization phenomenon

Article
Bettie Cörvers
26/06/2020
13 minutes to read

Dutch violinist André Rieu is operating on a global and local field of the music industry with enormous success. This article explores how Rieu strikes a balance in building a glocal identity through his language use and social media presence.

Wakker Dier chasing a home delivery van from supermarket Albert Heijn

Wakker Dier: animal rights activism in the Netherlands

Article
Claudia Gerards
24/06/2020
17 minutes to read

Some meat comes from animals that had a terrible life. In protest, organization Wakker Dier went viral with a campaign in which they followed supermarket home delivery trucks. But how did they achieve virality?

A once solely Jamaican based music style and culture started in the Jamaican dancehalls, inspired by ska and rocksteady, took over the world in the ’70s, Reggae.

Reggae as a global culture scape

Article
Naomi Hofman
22/06/2020
16 minutes to read

Jamaica is the center of a huge global culture scape: reggae. This article analyzes the globalization and history of reggae culture using Appadurai's concept of hard and soft globalization and Wallerstein's world-system analysis. 

Reddit users asshole judgments

r/AmItheAsshole: How redditors cooperate to become better people

Article
Simon Moser
17/06/2020
16 minutes to read

In a world full of conflict and assholes, a digitally-versed ensemble of frustrated moral philosophers offers to provide free yet sincere judgment on past or upcoming choices. This article presents how the subreddit r/AmItheAsshole operates.

Brazil Online: The Public Sphere and Communicative Capitalism

Article
Lucas Pascholatti
10/06/2020
17 minutes to read

This article aims to discuss the idea of a communicative capitalism behind mass media and its influence in social media. The article uses the theory of public sphere and criticises the idea of a online public sphere in Brazilian social media.

How to become an e-girl on TikTok

Article
HONG HU
08/06/2020
9 minutes to read

This article examines TikTok "e-girls" as an online phenomenon. We examine what kind of posts e-girls make on the medium constructing their identity, and how this identity can be assumed by users who do not identify as part of the e-girl community.

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.

BTS A.R.M.Y on Twitter

Article
Luna-Anastasia Riedel
02/06/2020
18 minutes to read

This article focuses BTS A.R.M.Y, the fandom of Korean boyband BTS as a niched culture on Twitter. It analyzes how the fandom influences BTS achievements and success on the global stage through their online support.

Maastricht

The linguistic landscape of Maastricht

Article
Joël Grassère
02/06/2020
11 minutes to read

Old factory signs, preserved French hotel names and signs in the local dialect paint Maastricht's rich linguistic landscape. An analysis of three examples showcases how the city's history and current developments are embedded in public signs.

Kourtney and her son Reign

Mom-shamers vs. celebrities on Instagram

Article
Sanne Graumans
02/06/2020
7 minutes to read

Mom shamers have been around since forever and, sadly, social media has only helped to amplify their voices. When it comes to being especially vitriolic, they take aim at Hollywood moms. This article examines how this unfolds on Instagram.

Web 2.0 sees us.

Why we let Web 2.0 become the modern-day Stasi

Article
Lisa van Turnhout
25/05/2020
13 minutes to read

This article contemplates how our "culture of connectivity" brings forth privacy issues reminding us of government surveillance in East Germany. How does this work, and how do we all contribute to this culture?