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.

Being black and queer: TikTok analysis

Paper
Eline Klaessens
18/05/2022
13 minutes to read

Black queer people have different experiences than White queer people. On TikTok, Black queer creators have made videos concerning three topics surrounding the black queer identity: representation, different gender norms and White privilege.

A white planetary symbol for Venus - used as a gender symbol for women - with a target on it.

Incel communities: an online renewal of the patriarchy

Paper
Jamie Demers
25/03/2022
10 minutes to read

This paper is an exploration of the anti-feminism of the incel community through digital discourse analysis of incel forums.

Screenshots from party bus footage Vindicat

The deviant image of student association Vindicat

Paper
Ruben den Boer
16/03/2022
16 minutes to read

How student association Vindicat tried to restore its own image by labeling individual members as 'deviants' (and failed). 

Activision Blizzard lawsuit

Misogyny: A Gaming Company against the Community

Article
Clara Daniels
02/03/2022
16 minutes to read

The gamer stereotype is slowly changing which is shown through the community's response to the misogynic activities that the gaming company Blizzard-Activision engaged in.

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Gym Bro

Article
Joni Haak
25/05/2022
12 minutes to read

This article analyses how Gym Bro identity features on Instagram to gain comprehension of what requirements need to be met in order to reach a sense of enoughness and become recognized as a full-fledged member of the Instagram gym bro community.

The politics of Karen memes

Paper
Pleun Kersten
17/05/2021
9 minutes to read

This article analyzes the 'karen' meme, and how it has evolved as a critique of white supremacy. 

neo racism and banal nationalism of the AFD

How the AFD tries to divide Germany

Article
Nathalie Schabio
13/10/2021
11 minutes to read

Germany is in a fight against racism since the second world war. However, the increasing popularity of the right party AFD is challenging the goal of achieving equality. Neo-racism and banal nationalism aggravate the political and social climate.

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.