The truth of fiction

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.

Dark Side of the Moon: How a Mockumentary Shapes Perception

Paper
Egle Talandyte
30/11/2020
9 minutes to read

Dark Side of the Moon (2002) is a French mockumentary which exposes the idea of the moon landing being filmed in a studio with the goal of invoking critical reflexivity to question the reliability of the presented discourse in media.

Fleabag: the series.

How Fleabag uses the fourth wall to create intimacy

Paper
Idhuna Pastoor
07/10/2020
21 minutes to read

This article explores how the series Fleabag destroys the fourth wall and what this means for the relationship between the viewer and Fleabag.

Understanding "I'm Still Here". This can't be real, right?

Paper
Hanne Hermens
16/09/2020
15 minutes to read

This essay explores the confusion that was ignited by the film I'm Still Here (2010) by analysing its form, purpose and content and comparing it to other forms of film. 

Fictional Barbie's real YouTube career

Paper
Juliette Berndsen
02/09/2020
13 minutes to read

Barbie, the blond doll, now uploads vlogs to YouTube to educate and inspire children. By combining non-fiction elements with fiction along the lines of animation, character, and message, Mattel is making sure that their doll stays relevant.

The Crown

The Crown: historically accurate or pure fiction?

Article
Tara van Dijk
11/11/2020
15 minutes to read

The Crown has become one of the most popular shows on Netflix and it has been praised for its accuracy. The show balances between historical accuracy and fictional elements. This article analyzes the balance the show strikes as a docudrama.

Picture Philosophy Tube Oliver Thorn

Performativity by Philosophy Tube

Article
Merel Groot
12/10/2020
19 minutes to read

Philosophy Tube is a YouTube channel about philosophy which uses a theatrical style. In some videos, the author talks about his own life. This article analyses two videos to see how he combines theater with elements of real-life experiences.

7 days in hell mockumentary

Laughing at tennis in '7 Days in Hell'

Article
Iris Dumoulin
30/09/2020
11 minutes to read

As a mockumentary, 7 Days in Hell (2015) features multiple documentary codes and functions to create a feeling of reality. How does 7 Days in Hell comment on and mock the reality of tennis documentaries?

@queenofjetlags

Autobiographical vlogs: Telling one's life story online

Article
Jelske van Es
28/09/2020
13 minutes to read

New technologies allow people to disclose private information in vlogs online. Since these vlogs tell someone's story, in what way can they be considered autobiographical? As a case study, we examine Queen of Jet Lags' social media presence.