celebrity

Ellen DeGeneres: talk show host or CIA agent?

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
16/03/2020
11 minutes to read

In 2018, people believed that Eric Trump suggested that Ellen DeGeneres is part of a hidden government within the US. This essay analyzes how this conspiracy theory has come into existence, who plays a role in it, and what this means online.

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Online gravedigging, identity and privacy

Column
Mingyi Hou
18/02/2020
11 minutes to read

This article analyzes gravedigging as a digital practice, and illustrates its roles in online shaming and celebrity image management activities.

Leonardo DiCaprio and his activism

Leonardo DiCaprio and online activism

Article
Iris Dumoulin
26/02/2020
13 minutes to read

Leonardo DiCaprio has been stealing hearts since the '90s. But next to his acting, he has also been an environmental activist. To this day, his online posts encourage others to change the world. Can such a famous actor honestly be an activist?

Miss Vietnam 2014: When beauty standards are "westernized"

Article
Nhu Truong
08/01/2020
14 minutes to read

This article discusses the public image of Miss Vietnam 2014, an "abnormal" Miss by Vietnamese standards, who is still considered a successful celebrity by those more familiar with "Western" cultural values.

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What do Knausgård and social media bloggers have in common?

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
31/01/2020
18 minutes to read

What do Knausgård and Instagram travel bloggers have in common? How do social media and contemporary literature inspire and influence each other? The answer lies in this article, where Knausgård is compared to young 'Western' travel bloggers.

Joost Zwagerman

Joost Zwagerman: de schrijversmythe.

Paper
Tessa Chaplin
10/07/2017
9 minutes to read

Deze paper onderzoekt de wijze waarop Joost Zwagerman kunst toegankelijk wist te maken aan de hand van de verschillende rollen die hij op zich heeft genomen, zoals de schrijver, de presentator, de publieke intellectueel en de kunstliefhebber.