Celebrities

Julian Barnes’ The Man in the Red Coat: Celebrity Culture in the Belle Epoque (Julian Barnes)

Review
Odile Heynders
10/04/2020
8 minutes to read

In his latest novel, Julian Barnes combines biography, art history and cultural analysis in a hybrid form of fact and fiction. The Man in the Red Coat shows that there is much real life in literature and much fiction in reality.

Vlogging during the coronavirus crisis

Column
Mingyi Hou
14/04/2020
7 minutes to read

Chinese student Yi Dahua’s vlogging from Turin, Italy has made him a micro-celebrity during the coronavirus crisis. His case illustrates a "boundary-blurred" public sphere with widely varied public communication on the pandemic.

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.

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Online gravedigging, identity and privacy

Column
Mingyi Hou
18/02/2020
11 minutes to read

This article analyzes gravedigging as a digital practice, and illustrates its roles in online shaming and celebrity image management activities.

Kourtney and her son Reign

Mom-shamers vs. celebrities on Instagram

Article
Sanne Graumans
02/06/2020
7 minutes to read

Mom shamers have been around since forever and, sadly, social media has only helped to amplify their voices. When it comes to being especially vitriolic, they take aim at Hollywood moms. This article examines how this unfolds on Instagram.

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?

BTS A.R.M.Y on Twitter

Article
Luna-Anastasia Riedel
02/06/2020
18 minutes to read

This article focuses BTS A.R.M.Y, the fandom of Korean boyband BTS as a niched culture on Twitter. It analyzes how the fandom influences BTS achievements and success on the global stage through their online support.

@Queenofjetlags

@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.