Social groups in the digital world

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

Cosplay

Cosplayers in the on- and offline world

Paper
Irene de Groot
27/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article analyses  cosplayer culture. It shedslight on who the cosplayer is, what they do, their norms and career in both an on- an offline environment. 

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.

Merkin Photoshoot

Dive into the Mermaidkin's online world

Article
Idhuna Pastoor
03/05/2019
18 minutes to read

Have you ever heard of Mermaidkin? It is an online community who identifies with - not as - Mermaids/Mermen. This article is an analysis of Mermaidkin, supported by empirical data from the social media platform AminoApps.

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?

The Bronies: The fandom and its stereotypes

Article
Melissa Weij
19/06/2019
13 minutes to read

Bronies are fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is magic and this article analyzes the stereotypical view on the Brony fandom. 

K-pop, K-pop fandom, Twitter

The K-Pop Fandom on Twitter

Article
Lola Vos
31/05/2019
17 minutes to read

K-Pop fans can now be found all over the world. Due to the mass organized fan actions, traditions, and complicated language, the K-Pop fandom sets itself apart from other fandoms. In this article I look at K-Pop fans on Twitter as a cultural niche.

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.