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Online-offline nexus

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The online-offline nexus is a description of social reality in the post-digital age. We live our social lives increasingly at the intersection of online and offline forces.

Culture

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Culture is shorthand for the stuff that makes human interactions meaningful and comprehensible.

Ideology

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Ideology is any set of socially structured ideas guiding behavior and thought in particular domains of life.

Orientalism

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Orientalism refers to a long tradition of Western representations of the Orient as exotic and 'non-coeval' with the West.

Indexicality

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Meaning that emerges out of text-context relations. Apart from (often) having a denotational meaning, linguistic and other signs are indexical in that they suggest metapragmatic, metalinguistic, metadiscursive features of meaning. Thus, an utterance may indexically invoke social norms, roles, identities.

Enoughness

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Enoughness is a theory of contemporary identity that states that identities are constructed out of a particular portion ("enough") of emblematic identity features.

Ethnography

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Ethnography can be defined as the small-scale study of human behavior through "clinical" observation and intersubjective participation.

The war in Ukraine and the end of everything

Paper
Kevin Doyle
13/05/2022
33 minutes to read

Kevin Doyle doesn't understand why we let ourselves be reduced to passive observers of the war in Ukraine. Will we one day wake up – complicit and deranged – as nothing more than spectators at the end of everything?

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The deviant image of student association Vindicat

Paper
Ruben den Boer
16/03/2022
16 minutes to read

How student association Vindicat tried to restore its own image by labeling individual members as 'deviants' (and failed). 

Is Wie Is de Mol making us paranoid?

Article
Inge van de Ven
04/03/2022
9 minutes to read

Saturday evening, March 5, is the finale of the 22nd season of Wie Is de Mol. We discuss the role of collective intelligence, the ways in which the show provokes distrust in its fans, and the ‘hybrid media’ element brought in by this live event.

Conspiracy theories, Fake News & Digital Media

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Conspiracy theories and fake news are not new phenomena, but digital media did enable the upscaling of the circulation, and thus the impact of those conspiracy theories. 

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Len Cella: the first content creator before social media existed

Paper
Szymon Zbiegniewski
04/02/2022
8 minutes to read

Len Cella was an innovator back in the '80s who created what can retroactively be described as the first TikToks. What kind of impact have his early sketches had on the social media and content creators of today's age?

Decolonizing the Universal Museum

Paper
Daniel Obubo
25/02/2022
10 minutes to read

This article focuses on globalisation, universalism and the concept of the universal museum while dissecting The Declaration on the Importance and Value of Universal Museums through the context of stolen artefacts like the Benin Bronzes. 

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Lifelong learning: the Dark Academia aesthetic as a taste regime

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Iris Dumoulin
29/04/2022
10 minutes to read

In this article, I will explore how dark academia can be defined as a taste regime and how specific practices relate to the investment in practical knowledge in order to gain capital on social, economic, and cultural levels.