Watching #WitchTok: Do the Spiritual Content Consumption Habits of TikTok Users Corroborate Luckmann’s Theory?

Marit van Dijck

In line with Luckmann's theory on the individualisation of religion, TikTok provides a ‘market of ultimate significance’ which gives its users a highly individualistic way of consuming spiritual content.  

In line with Luckmann's theory on the individualisation of religion, TikTok provides a ‘market of ultimate significance’ which gives its users a highly individualistic way of consuming spiritual content.  

Mark Rutte

Digitale media in het coalitieakkoord van Rutte IV

Ruben den Boer

Op woensdag 15 december 2021 presenteerden de formerende partijleiders na een historisch lange formatieperiode hun coalitieakkoord. Wat zegt het document over digitale media?

Spotify Wrapped abstract visual

What does your Spotify Wrapped say about you?

Ruben den Boer

Spotify Wrapped is fun. But what if there’s more to it than just fun? What if the Spotify Wrapped tradition tells us something about contemporary online culture, about the influence of tech companies, and - ultimately - about ourselves? 

The Sudokus from Cracking the Cryptic have taken up a significant portion of my and my father's conversations. What makes these Sudokus so exciting and how do they contribute to the unique connection between my dad and me?

How Gen Z shops

How Gen Z shops

Jelske van Es

Gen Z makes up almost 40 percent of all consumer shopping. How does Gen Z shop? And what do they value in a brand?

This paper explores and explains Transmedia as a concept while using the Star Trek franchise as a case study. Focus will be drawn towards Star Trek Lower Decks, the franchises’ latest iteration.

 Movies in 2020

COVID-19 in film: Signifier and Myth

Joël Grassère

The film industry has changed drastically during COVID-19. The pandemic has changed both streaming services and cinemas. Personalization and oligopoly are the keywords in this. How does this reflect society? Find out by clicking this article. 

Blizzard Entertainment an online game company made the controversial decision to ban a professional gamer for making his political stance towards Hong Kong known, now their own fictional character is becoming the mascot of the movement, how?.

Disney Castle

Disney castle: semiotics and variation

Joël Grassère

The Disney Castle is widely known image. But how does it function as a sign?What does it signify to whom? And what can we say about the variety of Disney Castles? This paper goes into all of that and more, including the history behind this icon. 

Beyoncé quotes feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her song Flawless

Commercialization of feminism is killing women

Ilse van Knegsel

Commercialization of feminism and postfeminism are movements that are interrelated and can be understood as new, ‘sexier’ variations on the traditional feminism. This commercialization of feminism can have major negative consequences for women.


Girlfriendreviews: Games, Journalism and Satire

Joël Grassère

Girlfriendreviews combines journalistic functions of entertainment and information not unlike a satirical news show. However it does this in a niched fashion thus showing of polycentricity in online culture. 

image of a clustered red and clustered blue communication network with just a few connections linking the two

It's time to call the "echo chambers" bluff

Lauren Zentz

The problem of corporate media is not their creation of echo chambers; it is that media organizations have allowed people whose views run against democracy to gain such a large following that their lies are now seen by many as fact.



Gone With The Wind

Gone with the wind, Discourse, Infrastructure and Hegemony

Joël Grassère

Gone with the wind has been a topic of controversy. This blog shows how the discussion thereof is codified by infrastructures and norms. An in depth analysis of a representative case study shows this. 

Questionnaire literary reading & attention

Inge van de Ven

Who likes to read and wants to help researchers to find out about reading & attention? Fill out the questionnaire (also available in Dutch)!