social media

Click farms as shows in the HBO show 'Silicon Valley'.

A look behind the scenes of click farms

Article
Idhuna Pastoor
29/04/2019
10 minutes to read

Have you heard of click farms? They manipulate the algorithms on social media, and make use of the popularity principle to create visibility online. But are click farms actually a legal business?

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.

AFD

The AfD white men Advent calendar

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
20/12/2018
5 minutes to read

AfD (Alternative für Deutschland), the German far-right party, issued a white men Advent campaign. The political movement uses this Advent calendar to promote their new right ideology and Euroscepticism.

Philip Seargeant

Philip Seargeant on Digital Culture in 2018 and 2019

Interview
The Editors
18/12/2018

"Digital culture is so pervasive, there’s often very little analytic use in making hard distinctions between the online and offline worlds." Philip Seargeant from the Open University talks about digital culture, language and politics

Lauren Zentz

Lauren Zentz on Digital Culture in 2018 and 2019

Interview
The Editors
14/12/2018

In this interview Lauren Zentz shares her thoughts about the impact of digital culture, and talks about her hopes for the future. For instance, she hopes that her work will contribute to our understandings of how to conduct sociolinguistic and ethnographic research that accounts for the power and even the ubiquity of the internet in many people’s daily lives.

boby positivity

Body positivity online

Article
Jelske van Es
08/04/2019
14 minutes to read

Body positivity is an online movement with an increasing amount of supporters. These body positivists used social media to spread their 'body positive' message. How do people respond to body positivity? And how can we recognize body positivity?

WeChat, super app

WeChat - A super app from China

Article
Qiao Jiang
29/10/2019
16 minutes to read

What is WeChat? And why do people call it a super app? This article introduces this all-in-one Chinese app and its unique features from the perspective of globalization, cultureal flows an scapes.