Social groups in the digital world

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

Akihabara, commons.wikipedia.org

Everything you need to know about otaku

Article
Federica Morgandi
15/03/2019
17 minutes to read

Otaku is a subculture that originated in Japan. It later spread internationally because of globalization. As a consequence, internet communities of otaku grew. There are sometimes converging, other times diverging features.

ASMRtists and the online ASMR -communities

Article
Hanna ten Harmsen van der Beek
01/04/2019
11 minutes to read

In this article, the behavior and norms within the micro-population of ASMR lovers will be analyzed. What do you need to know and what way do you need to act to become one of them?

Hydrate or diedrate: The Studyblr community on Tumblr

Article
Iris Dumoulin
20/03/2019
14 minutes to read

Pretty notes, reminders to drink water and motivational quotes are all part of the Studyblr community. With their dedication to studying, they inspire people all over the world to be productive. What is the story of these "perfect" students?

Ulta lifting haul Tumblr

Lifting: a weapon against capitalism or boredom?

Article
Lea Goeron
27/02/2019
11 minutes to read

The lifting community on Tumblr keeps growing and growing. Calling themselves lifters, they take over a controversial niche on the quirky and queer website. They're bragging about stolen goods online, gain followers, likes and reshares.

boby positivity

Body positivity online

Article
Jelske van Es
08/04/2019
14 minutes to read

Body positivity is an online movement with an increasing amount of supporters. These body positivists used social media to spread their 'body positive' message. How do people respond to body positivity? And how can we recognize body positivity?

Metalheads: fighting the stereotypes

Paper
Karlijn Raaijmakers
01/11/2018
16 minutes to read

Do you really need to have dirty long hair, black clothes, band T-shirts and be covered in tattoos and piercings to classify as a metalhead? This paper portrays the micro-population of metalheads and how it deals with its many stereotypes. 

First male beauty blogger (age 17) becomes a Cover Boy

How to -movies and virality: Male beauty bloggers

Paper
Nataliia Vdovychenko
01/11/2018
18 minutes to read

Male beauty bloggers are a new internet sensation with millions of followers, viral videos and inspiring life stories. How did they become so successful?