Digital media and Politics

More information on this course, the track and the lecturer(s) can be found here

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.

Farage, Brexit and the anti-Enlightenment

Article
Dieuwertje Schipper
17/01/2019
13 minutes to read

After Brexit, we can see what a success Farage's campaign has been. By talking about the right issues during crises, Farage appealed to a certain population in the UK. His active online campaign was also a major contributing factor in his success.

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January 26: Australia Day or Invasion Day?

Article
Georgia McAlpine
28/01/2019
15 minutes to read

In recent years, January 26th has been the date to celebrate Australia as a nation. But looking back on history, and its meaning for Indigenous Australians as the date of colonial invasion, there is a growing movement to abolish or move the day.

The New Right, Paul Joseph Watson and YouTube

Article
Carmen Gabriela Lupu
18/02/2019
10 minutes to read

This article deals with Paul Joseph Watson's YouTube career. As the Global New Right has quickly spread their content over the Internet, a new scene of New Right YouTubers has appeared.

Dr. Ico Maly from Tilburg University recently published 'De hedendaagse antiverlichting' (The contemporary anti-Enlightenment). In this video he explains how politicians are propagating anti-Enlightenment ideas under the flag of 'democracy', and why — within this discourse — the nation is key. 

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GAB, fake news and metapolitics

Article
Ico Maly
02/11/2018
9 minutes to read

GoDaddy’s decision to pull support for GAB is again used as 'proof' for the powerful political myth that the left censors right wing voices

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Algorithmic populism and algorithmic activism

Article
Ico Maly
08/11/2018
12 minutes to read

Digitalization gave birth to a new kind of populism: algorithmic populism. Algorithmic populism cannot be understood without taking the uptake and algorithmic activism in particular into account.