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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.

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.

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VVD on TikTok: Genuine connection or political stunt?

Article
Idhuna Pastoor
04/05/2020
15 minutes to read

When the Dutch political party the VVD joined TikTok, reactions varied. Can the VVD effectively reach the youth on TikTok? Or are they missing the point and creating a ludicrous image for themselves?

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?

The exclusiveness of Oeteldonkers

Article
Pip Minkels
21/02/2020
16 minutes to read

Every year during Carnaval, the Dutch city of Den Bosch turns into 'Oeteldonk' and its inhabitants turn into 'Oeteldonkers'. This article deals with the characteristics that make someone an authentic Oeteldonker.

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@Queenofjetlags constructing authenticity on Instagram

Article
Anna-Lisa de Boer
11/05/2020
14 minutes to read

This article takes a deeper look into how Instagram influencers construct authenticity. As a new era of advertising is dawning on social media, we analyse @Queenofjetlags' Instagram to see how she remains "authentic" while promoting brands.

Elizabeth Warren and Facebook

Elizabeth Warren's battle against paid political speech

Article
Jelske van Es
28/01/2020
14 minutes to read

Since unregulated paid political advertising is still not banned from all social media platforms, Elizabeth Warren has become a central figure in the battle against this spread of misinformation to curtail its influence on the 2020 elections.

Wakker Dier chasing a home delivery van from supermarket Albert Heijn

Wakker Dier: animal rights activism in the Netherlands

Article
Claudia Gerards
24/06/2020
17 minutes to read

Some meat comes from animals that had a terrible life. In protest, organization Wakker Dier went viral with a campaign in which they followed supermarket home delivery trucks. But how did they achieve virality?