Celebrities

Understanding "I'm Still Here". This can't be real, right?

Paper
Hanne Hermens
16/09/2020
15 minutes to read

This essay explores the confusion that was ignited by the film I'm Still Here (2010) by analysing its form, purpose and content and comparing it to other forms of film. 

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We Are Chaos: A world too chaotic for Marilyn Manson (Marilyn Manson)

Review
Vinicio Ntouvlis
15/09/2020
12 minutes to read

Marilyn Manson's 11th album shows signs of maturity as it reflects on how the shock rocker figure has become irrelevant. Mixing varying musical influences, the album makes for a solid rock listen with some inspired lyrical content.

Elena Ferrante’s Disappearing Act

Column
Inge van de Ven
07/09/2020
7 minutes to read

Good news for Elena Ferrante’s fans. The mysterious Italian bestseller author’s last and eighth novel, The Lying Life of Adults, is now available in book stores all over the world.

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.