Digital media and Politics

This article is written as part of one of the courses of the BA Online Culture: Art, Media and Society or the MA Online Culture at Tilburg University. Click on the link for more info on the courses and the programme.

In this international Bachelor’s program Online Culture: Art, Media and Society (Culture Studies) the focus is on digital culture and (new) media. From disciplines such as cultural studies and media studies you study how digitalization and globalization influence our way of living. You discuss new ways of communication, art expressions as well as (social) media expressions like memes and trolls. You research how such ways of communication and expressions are established and how they manifest in, and have influence on a society that increasingly takes place online. Additionally, you actively contribute to digital culture by writing papers and opinion pieces for our own online platform Diggit Magazine.

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Ico Maly on algorithmic populism in Babylon's Burning

Video
The Editors
20/06/2019

Babylon is Burning has invited Ico Maly (Tilburg University) in the studio to talk about what he calls 'algorithmic populism' and activism in the digital age. How has digitalization affected politics and activism? 

The algorithmic populism of Matteo Salvini

Paper
Serena Guerra
29/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article analyses the communication and social media strategy of the Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini. How does he and his party use social media to create a community, spread anger and get consensus. Read this article to find out!

Emma Watson on Framing

Column
Jan Blommaert
21/05/2019
6 minutes to read

Emma Watson's Instagram reaction to the Alabama abortion bill accurately exposes the work of framing in public debates, and shows an educational use of social media. 

Play and metapolitics in Angry Goy II

Paper
Shannon Verhoef
06/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article examines how videogame Angry Goy 2 constructs its anti-Semitic and white supremacist messages, and if this videogame is ready to effectively enter and succeed in the metapolitical arena.

Centenary of Poland's Independence

Article
Julia Wysopal
17/06/2019
8 minutes to read

This article describes how Poland celebrated the centenary of its independence and how global media responded to it.

Fighting Liberal Democracy – An Attempt to classify Trump

Article
Sophia Würtz
30/01/2019
13 minutes to read

Observing Trump's actions is somehow contradictive - what we see is an economic nationalism on the one side, but neoliberal actions on the other side. This is why one could indeed speak of neoliberal nationalism.

American Dad and American Politics

Article
Taylore Nacey
16/04/2019
9 minutes to read

Does a satirical television show like American Dad have political impact? Or is it only about venting frustrations and making you laugh?