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Behind the Curtain: “1984”’s Aesthetics of Immediacy

Article
Inge van de Ven
25/01/2024
12 minutes to read

The TV ad “1984” introducing Apple's Macintosh PC has many intertexts—from the aesthetics of fascism to Plato to The Truman Show. This article discusses the video’s ‘aesthetics of immediacy.’

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Replika: the imaginary friend of the digital age

Paper
Wulan Bekker
06/11/2023
11 minutes to read

This article explores the extent to which social relationships with AI chatbots are possible while using Replika as a case study. This research argues that post-digital society’s view on relationships has altered due to AI interactions.

Twitter users' comments on the VVD quitting TikTok

Digital privacy or geopolitics: perspectives on the VVD leaving TikTok

Article
Femke van Bree
15/01/2024
12 minutes to read

On April 13th, 2023, the VVD announced their retreat from TikTok. How did Twitter users respond to this announcement, and which perspectives regarding TikTok and digital privacy arise? This article intends to find answers to these questions. 

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BeReal: How Authenticity Turns into Violation of Privacy

Article
Anna Skorodihina
22/09/2023
13 minutes to read

This article looks at how the new social media platform BeReal structures its app to enforce what is called an expository society through behaviour modification and how it plays into societies of control, compromising user privacy.

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DeviantArt and AI: The showdown between manual playbour and automated playbour

Paper
Pak Wing Ng
27/11/2023
15 minutes to read

By looking at DeviantArt and its no-AI alternative Side 7, the article explores an issue of the security of users' artwork with the rise of AI art generators, as well as the way the platforms deal with artwork protection.