Instagram

Social media and why we're all full of shit

Paper
Daniel Obubo
31/08/2020
14 minutes to read

This paper seeks to explore Instagram culture and how it shapes young minds. The inspiration for the paper comes from the second season of the Emmy-nominated mockumentary American Vandal

@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.

Noor Unnahar in the world of Instapoetry

Paper
Lola Vos
15/06/2020
11 minutes to read

Instapoetry is a new phenomenon on the Instagram platform. This paper features a case study of Noor Unnahar's Instapoetry examining how her works bring together various media and to what effect.

Kourtney and her son Reign

Mom-shamers vs. celebrities on Instagram

Article
Sanne Graumans
02/06/2020
7 minutes to read

Mom shamers have been around since forever and, sadly, social media has only helped to amplify their voices. When it comes to being especially vitriolic, they take aim at Hollywood moms. This article examines how this unfolds on Instagram.

Photography meets the digital age: VSCO girls and tourist hotspots

Article
Pip Minkels
18/09/2020
11 minutes to read

Digital media have changed the way we use photography. Pictures are not just about capturing of moments we want to remember anymore, but they are more oriented towards being shared. This article deals with the changes photography is seeing today.

Virat Kohli

Interested in globalization? Watch cricket

Column
Jan Blommaert
25/06/2019
7 minutes to read

The Cricket World Cup 2019 is a global media event of enormous size, while cricket itself is practiced only in a relatively small area in the world. How come?

Emma Watson on Framing

Column
Jan Blommaert
21/05/2019
6 minutes to read

Emma Watson's Instagram reaction to the Alabama abortion bill accurately exposes the work of framing in public debates, and shows an educational use of social media. 

Body Morphing on Instagram

Article
Mariosé Bergsteijn
23/10/2019
11 minutes to read

Celebrities morph their online self-presentation, because when you look like and do things that are not recognizable by the masses, you are perceived as abnormal and therefore do not belong in society.