social media

The Notre-Dame fire

The Notre-Dame fire and digital vigilantism

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
21/12/2020
12 minutes to read

The whole world was watching when one of France's famous landmarks was the victim of a major fire. On April 15, 2019, the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral suffered a terrible tragedy. What role did social media play in spreading the news?

David Attenborough's Instagram account

David Attenborough: From Naturalist to Instagram Famous

Article
Tessa Visser
13/01/2021
10 minutes to read

David Attenborough, a ground-breaking naturalist, has had a successful career on media such as television and radio. However, he still felt the need associate himself with new media like Instagram. This article speculates on why that may be.

Here, yet always there: How Fleabag uses Intimacy as Distraction

Article
Inge van de Ven
14/01/2021
10 minutes to read

The article places direct address in the TV-series Fleabag  in the context of trends in self-representation on social media. Fleabag uses self-disclosure as a form of self-branding, to manipulate the audience and distract herself.

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

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.

Boston Marathon bombing

Digital vigilantism and the Boston Marathon bombing

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
13/11/2020
15 minutes to read

The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was a major event in the US. The tragic attack then became the subject of one the biggest manhunts in online history. 

QAnon: The alt-right war machine and social media mobilization

Article
Daniel Obubo
13/07/2020
12 minutes to read

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory about an on-going war between President Donald Trump and the "deep state". This article examines how QAnon followers use social media to their benefit by inviting skeptics to read between the lines.

Ken M and wholesome trolling

Article
Iris Dumoulin
20/04/2020
10 minutes to read

Internet trolling: insults, off-topic comments, and weird jokes are something that we should avoid as much as possible. But is there a positive side to trolling? Ken M seems to be the perfect wholesome online troll.