How ContraPoints commands the YouTube Stage

Article
Inge van de Ven
15/10/2019
11 minutes to read

Inge van de Ven examines YouTube vlogger ContraPoints as a public intellectual in the context of strategies of self-representation in the attention economy. 

Inge van de Ven examines YouTube vlogger ContraPoints as a public intellectual in the context of strategies of self-representation in the attention economy. 

How Instagram affects the way we eat

Article
lisa anthony
14/10/2019
9 minutes to read

Avocado toasts, rainbow bagels and crazy milkshakes are all the rage today in the food scene, and Instagram has a large role to play in this. “Instagrammable” food has changed the way we view food, and consume it as well.

Joel Beukers, cars, ferrari, voor goud

Joel Beukers gives his own twist to Foucault's biopower

Article
Yannick Arts
14/10/2019
11 minutes to read

Joel Beukers, a Dutch fitness guru and entrepreneur, has been very successful thanks to the obsession with the human body and the current technological era. His loud personality resembles that of another Dutch media personality.

Bolsonara, Brazil, populism, amazon fires

The Amazon fires as talking to Bolsonaro

Article
Daniel Silva
10/10/2019
16 minutes to read

According to Daniel Silva, the Amazon Fires can best be considered as political talk: as digitally formatted practices trying to communicate with Bolsonaro. 

Eating disorder sufferers on Twitter

Article
Tara van Dijk
07/10/2019
12 minutes to read

There is a social dimension to people suffering from an eating disorder. On platforms such like Twitter they form a social group. How is it to be a member of this community? 

network, sense8, netflix

What Sense8 teaches us about the network society

Article
Nadine Visser
02/10/2019
8 minutes to read

The series Sense8 is interesting in the context of globalization because it presents a lot of the aspects of a network society. This article analyses the link between the series and a network society.

(De) constructing Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential campaign

Article
Ulisses Sawczuk da Silva
30/09/2019
15 minutes to read

Bolsonaro has harnessed new and legacy media in building an image of authenticity. This sucessful media strategy has helped catapult him to the presidency, despite his tendency towards offensive statements and hyper nationalism. 

The Mass Shooting Generation

Article
Miah Ke-leigh
27/09/2019
20 minutes to read

Young people in the U.S. have been left distraught and disempowered by the waves of mass shootings and other gun violence. But can their use of social media to organize lead to real change, or is it simply "slacktivism"?

Understanding conspiracy theories in modern culture

Conspiracy theories in digital culture

Article
Romy van Geffen
25/09/2019
9 minutes to read

Conspiracy theories are not a new phenomenon; they existed long before the Internet came along . Nowadays, however, the media play a big role in contributing to and promoting those theories. 

Influencers and identity. Who do you want to be?

Article
Rob Dekkers
24/09/2019
12 minutes to read

Even for kids it is quite easy to present themselves to the world and learn to manipulate their online identity. But how does constructed identity affect online culture and what is the effect of impression management on our notion of authenticity.

yoghurt, history of yoghurt, cultural heritage

Yoghurt, whose is it? Yoghurt as cultural exchange

Article
Stella Veranoudi
23/09/2019
10 minutes to read

When one hears yoghurt, they’ll most likely think of Greek yoghurt. However, yoghurt is not originally Greek. More countries, like Turkey and Bulgaria are branding and claiming it as part of their own cultural heritage and history. 

travelling, travellers, authenticity, freedom, instagram

Freedom, Authenticity, and Traveling

Article
Hilde Van De Laar
18/09/2019
12 minutes to read

Travelers these days are not that free and authentic as they were years ago. Travelers get influenced and followed provided by technological opportunities what results in a market mechanism of fake authenticity.  

The evolution of YouTube stars

Article
Lola Vos
16/09/2019
13 minutes to read

The content on YouTube has changed tremendously over the past few years. This article looks at the changes in content by some of the biggest YouTube creators and discusses potential reasons for these changes.