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.

Skaters in Eindhoven

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?

The exclusiveness of Oeteldonkers

Article
Pip Minkels
21/02/2020
16 minutes to read

Every year during Carnaval, the Dutch city of Den Bosch turns into 'Oeteldonk' and its inhabitants turn into 'Oeteldonkers'. This article deals with the characteristics that make someone an authentic Oeteldonker.

Being an NBA fan in Taiwan

Article
Chi-chieh Huang
15/05/2020
16 minutes to read

In light of the NBA-China controversy triggered in October 2019, the article examines the identity construction of Taiwanese NBA fans.

BTS A.R.M.Y on Twitter

Article
Luna-Anastasia Riedel
02/06/2020
18 minutes to read

This article focuses BTS A.R.M.Y, the fandom of Korean boyband BTS as a niched culture on Twitter. It analyzes how the fandom influences BTS achievements and success on the global stage through their online support.

@Queenofjetlags

@Queenofjetlags constructing authenticity on Instagram

Article
Anna-Lisa de Boer
11/05/2020
14 minutes to read

This article takes a deeper look into how Instagram influencers construct authenticity. As a new era of advertising is dawning on social media, we analyse @Queenofjetlags' Instagram to see how she remains "authentic" while promoting brands.

VSCO girls on TikTok

Article
Marieke Weeda
10/02/2020
11 minutes to read

The phenomenon of VSCO girls started in the summer of 2019, but is now already waning. In this article, VSCO girls are approached as a micro-population. Their identity characteristics are examined along with their appreciation online.

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.