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Needlessly Dehumanizing: The Antagonistic Side of Kessel’s ‘Destroy My Face’ Installation

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Marit van Dijck
19/05/2022

Kessel's antagonistic, participatory 'Destroy My Face' installation invited users of skate hall Pier 18 to destroy AI-generated portraits of people with plastic surgery. This resulted in a different kind of participation than intended. 

Kessel's antagonistic, participatory 'Destroy My Face' installation invited users of skate hall Pier 18 to destroy AI-generated portraits of people with plastic surgery. This resulted in a different kind of participation than intended. 

Squid Game’s criticism on Capitalism, Classism and Worker’s Rights

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Luna-Anastasia Riedel
07/05/2022

This paper will analyse how the TV-Show ‘Squid Game’ criticizes labour and capitalism in South Korea while also taking historic events into consideration to show that this issue is not just a recent one but one that has been going on for a while.

Dystopian Narratives: Squid Game and Parasite

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Luna-Anastasia Riedel
07/05/2022

Parasite and Squid Game are examples of cinematic dystopian narratives which teach about classism and capitalism from the viewpoint of the directors and criticise the concepts while being highly entertaining.

South Korea and its Soft Power Boom

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Luna-Anastasia Riedel
07/05/2022

This paper will discuss the meaning of soft power with a focus on South Korea and its ways of using said soft power and which influence this has on a local but also global level.

Grave of the Fireflies; a Movie Analysis

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Luna-Anastasia Riedel
07/05/2022

Grave of the Fireflies is a Japanese anime drama movie published in 1988 through Studio Ghibli and discusses the story of fourteen-year-old Seita and four-year-old Setsuko, who are trying to survive in Japan in 1945 during the second world war

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

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Joël Grassère
20/04/2021

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

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Joël Grassère
17/02/2021

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

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Ilse van Knegsel
03/02/2021

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

Girlfriendreviews: Games, Journalism and Satire

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Joël Grassère
02/02/2021

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

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Lauren Zentz
18/01/2021

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

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Joël Grassère
30/11/2020

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

Questionnaire
Inge van de Ven
27/11/2020

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