Bots support M. Macri

#YoVotoMM: Mauricio Macri, bots and dirty campaigning in Argentina

Bots, votes and political discourse

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
13/09/2019
6 minutes to read

A series of bizarre tweets ruined a Twitterstorm in favor of the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri. Either a bot campaign which went wrong, or a 2.0 dirty campaign strategy?

A series of bizarre tweets ruined a Twitterstorm in favor of the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri. Either a bot campaign which went wrong, or a 2.0 dirty campaign strategy?

Health

Anti-vaccine movement: the epidemic of stupid

Column
Blean Tsige
15/04/2019
13 minutes to read

The purpose of this column is to highlight the influence of social networking platforms on society. In particular on the way in which the outbreak of measles can be blamed on to misinformation that is spread on these platforms.

kunstmatig kind, ivf,

Welkom in mijn baarmoeder, mijn lief kunstmatig kind 

Column
Seline Westerhof
29/03/2019
3 minutes to read

Ivf bood mijn moeder de mogelijkheid tot moederschap. Maar was zij een sterke vrouw met een eigen keuze of een willoos slachtoffer van de technologie?

capitalism, neoliberalism

What’s in a word: Neoliberalism or capitalism?

Column
Christian Chun
20/03/2019
5 minutes to read

Is there a difference between capitalism and neoliberalism? And what are the affordances of employing one term over another? Does this matter? According to Christian Chun (University of Massachusetts Boston) it does matter. 

irony poinsoning

On being diagnosed with irony poisoning

Column
Piia Varis
14/03/2019
8 minutes to read

What is irony poisoning? And should we really take it seriously as scholars? Piia Varis (Tilburg University) joins the debate. 

Chinese intellectuals, digital media, weibo,

Where have the Chinese public intellectuals gone?

Column
Mingyi Hou
12/03/2019
9 minutes to read

In the democratization paradigm the focus is on the question to what extent media institutions are free from state intervention. In this column, Mingyi Hou questions the usefulness of this paradigm to explain why Chinese public intellectuals seem to be disappearing.

What linguistic landscapes hide

Column
Jan Blommaert
11/03/2019
6 minutes to read

Offline linguistic landscapes hide a lot that only becomes overt when one traces these landscapes to their online extensions. It is by this move that we begin to get a grasp of the real complexity of "local" phenomena in a superdiverse world.

Culture Wars

The return of the Culture Wars

Column
Ana Deumert
28/02/2019
7 minutes to read

In this column Ana Deumert reflects on the return of the cultures wars at universities and in popular culture. She suggests that the culture wars were not just a phenomenon of the 1980s and 1990s, but that they are continuing. 

weibo, fans, fan culture

Fan communication on Weibo

Column
Mingyi Hou
19/02/2019
9 minutes to read

Nowadays, fans speak in a ritualistic and phatic manner on Weibo. They interpret Weibo’s popularity metrics and algorithms and use them for strategic communicative practices, aiming at boosting positive publicity and high media visibility for idols.

Russian Doll: Television in Digital Culture

Column
Suzanne van der Beek
14/02/2019
5 minutes to read

With Russian Doll, Netflix brings us a new innovative TV show that plays with video game storytelling, social media humor, and the bending of gendered stereotypes.

Leaving the Heartbreak Hotel online & offline.

Column
Ashna Coster
14/02/2019
7 minutes to read

This article provides a reflection on heartbreak in the digital workds, which means that one is breaking up online as well as offline. Unfollow or unfriend one another on social media and if necessary look up self-help tips on how to move on.