Language, Culture and Globalization

This course is part 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 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.

Merch for the ok, boomer trend

Ok boomer and the 'generation war'

Article
Leonie Milder
22/01/2020
14 minutes to read

By now, everyone has heard of it. The term ‘ok boomer’ has gone viral. The term comes from 'Baby Boomer', a name for the generation born between 1946 and 1964. Now, it means something completely different as the 'generation war' rages on.

Picture of rapper Lizzo

Lizzo, body positivity and being '100% THAT bitch'

Article
Simone Sprangers
19/02/2020
17 minutes to read

The infamous line '100% that bitch' from hit song 'Truth Hurts', made rapper Lizzo one of the biggest names in music today. Her success story is closely connected to the current phase of globalization.

Disney castle Florida

Disney Parks and soft globalization

Article
Joël Grassère
14/02/2020
14 minutes to read

Disney has spread its Parks all over the world but faces new challenges that can only be solved by adapting its product to local cultures. The article explores how local and global forces together with Disney's identity influence their products.

what is the self proclaimed 'art hoe'?

The whitewashing of the 'art hoe' movement

Article
Marieke Weeda
13/01/2020
10 minutes to read

This article explores how the art hoe movement, meant as a space of creative expression for PoC (People of Colour) artists, got whitewashed into a mere aesthetic disconnected from its origins.

Salmon sushi is not a Japanese invention?!

Article
Wesly Ye
27/01/2020
12 minutes to read

Salmon sushi was not a Japanese, but a Norwegian invention. Before calling it one of their favorite sushi toppings, the Japanese had to have salmon sushi introduced to them by Norwegian businessmen motivated by hard globalization imperatives.

yellow veste, france, tawain, revolt,

Yellow Vests from France to Taiwan: A globalized icon of resistance

Article
Lisa van Turnhout
03/02/2020
11 minutes to read

The article discusses how the yellow Hi-Viz vests used by French activists became a global icon of resistance for different, local causes around the world, and how the internet has been the force that propelled this idea forward.