Social groups in the digital world

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.

Joe Biden wins 2020 presidential elections with the help of black voters

Joe Biden, George Floyd and #BLM: how Biden won the race for presidency.

Article
Nikki Lavrijssen
12/02/2021
19 minutes to read

This article demonstrates how presidential candidate Joe Biden profited from George Floyd's death and the consequent rise of the #BLM movement by using the situation to win over Black voters.  An analysis of his tweets reveals how he did this.

eboy outfit black and white

E-boys and the emergence of new subcultures

Article
Gabriel Kuczyński
14/04/2021
9 minutes to read

This article examines the e-boy phenomenon and a Reddit discussion on why they should not wear band t-shirts and Thrasher merchandise, with a focus on gatekeeping and stereotypes.

Harry Styles on the cover of Vogue magazine

Modern men are breaking traditional gender norms

Article
Anouk van Leeuwen
08/03/2021
14 minutes to read

Harry Styles has unleashed a debate about gender norms by wearing a dress. It has started a competition between strong manly men and so called feminized men. Even though feminized men are seen as deviants, they are starting to get more support.

England vs Ireland

Irish or English: the case of footballer Declan Rice

Article
Ot van de Rijzen
05/03/2021
12 minutes to read

An analysis of the discourse surrounding footballer Declan Rice's switch of national allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England in 2019.

backpacking, new zealand, identity

Backpackers and identity in the digital world

Paper
Linmin Zheng
10/01/2020
20 minutes to read

This paper analyzes backpackers as a micro-population. It demonstrates how I produce part of my identity on and offline as a member of this transnational micro-population in the digital world.

Marginalization within the natural hair community

Article
Destiny Ursula
24/02/2020
12 minutes to read

The natural hair community has expanded massively over the past 20 years since the movement started in the US. Recently, however, individuals within the community have stared to marginalize certain hair textures, styles and lengths.