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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.

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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.

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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.

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#10yearchallenge conspiracy goes viral

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
20/02/2019
5 minutes to read

#10yearchallenge has conquered our timelines, but also face recognition algorithms and targeted advertising.

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Influencer marketing has some serious ethical issues

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
24/03/2021
10 minutes to read

Influencer marketing is powerful. In recent years  consumer trust in classic media has dropped. In the search for profit, a new business model has emerged on social media.

Influencers: From Connectedness to Connectivity

Article
Mariosé Bergsteijn
02/12/2019
9 minutes to read

Online social life is not merely about human connectedness anymore. This article shows how influencers instead use automated connectivity to influence their audiences via social media platforms.