Celebrities

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China's National Day Blockbuster: My People, My Country

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Mingyi Hou
22/10/2019
14 minutes to read

'My people, my country'  - a Chinese movie promoting a patriotic zeal and dominant political agenda - becomes a worldwide hype not only in China, but also in the Chinese diaspora.Why is that?

How ContraPoints commands the YouTube Stage

Article
Inge van de Ven
28/10/2019
11 minutes to read

Inge van de Ven examines YouTube vlogger ContraPoints as a public intellectual in the context of strategies of self-representation in the attention economy. 

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Joel Beukers gives his own twist to Foucault's biopower

Article
Yannick Arts
14/10/2019
11 minutes to read

Joel Beukers, a Dutch fitness guru and entrepreneur, has been very successful thanks to the obsession with the human body and the current technological era. His loud personality resembles that of another Dutch media personality.

Body Morphing on Instagram

Article
Mariosé Bergsteijn
23/10/2019
11 minutes to read

Celebrities morph their online self-presentation, because when you look like and do things that are not recognizable by the masses, you are perceived as abnormal and therefore do not belong in society.

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Fan communication on Weibo

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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!

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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.