Celebrities

weibo, fans, fan culture

Fan communication on Weibo

Column
Mingyi Hou
19/02/2019
9 minutes to read

Nowadays, fans speak in a ritualistic and phatic manner on Weibo. They interpret Weibo’s popularity metrics and algorithms and use them for strategic communicative practices, aiming at boosting positive publicity and high media visibility for idols.

Fandom of AKB48 Groups

Article
Tatsuya Ishikawa
02/09/2019
13 minutes to read

AKB48 is a Japanese idol group with more than 100 young female singers. Learn all about this group and its fandom!

K-pop, K-pop fandom, Twitter

The K-Pop Fandom on Twitter

Article
Lola Vos
31/05/2019
17 minutes to read

K-Pop fans can now be found all over the world. Due to the mass organized fan actions, traditions, and complicated language, the K-Pop fandom sets itself apart from other fandoms. In this article I look at K-Pop fans on Twitter as a cultural niche.

batman, patriarchy

Why you should think twice before getting your kid Batman toys

Column
Jules van Iperen
28/11/2018
6 minutes to read

By making us sympathize with billionaire Batman, the superhero genre does a marvelous job in legitimizing powerful neoliberal politicians and American hegemony.

The supposed authenticity of social media celebrities

Article
Aniek van den Brandt
03/12/2018
8 minutes to read

Social media celebrities are a phenomenon from the last decade. They seem to be authentic and just like you. Or rather, that's what they want you to believe.