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.

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.

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The Frida Kahlo Barbie, desperately seeking authenticity

Column
Anne-Marie Sweep
29/05/2018
5 minutes to read

The Frida Kahlo Barbie shows us how brands can fail miserably in their search for authenticity. This article dives into the Frida Kahlo Barbie case. What caused the controversy? And what defines a real, thought leading brand to us?

Girls taking selfies

Plastic surgery and the quest for the perfect selfie in South Korea

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
26/11/2018
15 minutes to read

Plastic surgeries changed the world. In this article, we are going to talk about the measures taken to make an ordinary picture on your Instagram account “on point” and what some are willing to do in order to score those 10.000+ likes.

Jack the Ripper: seriemoordenaar met een museum

Article
Aniek van den Brandt
31/10/2018
7 minutes to read

Seriemoordenaar Jack the Ripper heeft sinds 2015 een museum dat volledig is gewijd aan hem, zijn misdaden en zijn slachtoffers. Is dit de ultieme representatie van een seriemoordenaar als celebrity?