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.

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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. 

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Deviance and the furry community

Article
Marit van Dijck
06/04/2020
13 minutes to read

The furry community is a large social group that manifests itself both online and offline. This paper focusses on why the community is seen as deviant and how deviance is also created within the community. 

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Little Monsters: The fans behind Lady Gaga

Article
Juul Seuren
06/04/2020
11 minutes to read

Pop artist and icon Lady Gaga has a huge fanbase who call themselves Little Monsters. These Little Monsters can be described as a social group. This article introduces them and focuses on how they function as a group in today's society.

Contemporary vampires: Should we be afraid of the dark?

Article
Savina Karneva
22/05/2020
12 minutes to read

Real vampires live among us. Who are they, what indexes a "real vampire", and are they a threat to society? This article delves into what shapes real vampires into a deviant social group.

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When are you 'skater enough' in Eindhoven?

Article
Tinka Krikke
14/04/2020
10 minutes to read

Skaters in Eindhoven seem to form communities with their own norms and ideas about authenticity. How does one become an authentic skater in the city and how do they represent themselves on social media?