Digital culture

Digitalisation has become a particularly pervasive influence on culture due to the emergence of the internet as a mass form of communication, and the widespread use of personal computers and other devices such as smartphones. Digital technologies are so omnipresent around the world that the study of digital culture potentially encompasses all aspects of everyday life, and is not limited to the internet or modern communication technologies. 

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Multimodal Discourse Analysis

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Multimodal discourse analysis is a method that takes into account multiple modes of communication and how they interact with one another.

Actor-Network Theory (ANT)

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Actor-Network Theory is a theoretical and methodological approach that sees all social phenomena as the product of network interactions. It is unique in that it recognizes both objects and technologies as network nodes equal with human actants.

Chronotope

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A chronotope, as defined by Bakhtin, is a specific spacetime context enabling a plot, characters, and rules for action and meaning.

Identity

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Identity refers to various aspects of how we see ourselves, how we show ourselves to others, and how we perceive others.

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.

Memes

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Memes are “a group of digital items sharing common characteristics of content, form; created with awareness of each other; circulated, imitated and transformed via the internet by many” (Phillips, 2016).

Frame

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A frame is a set of meaningful signs connected to specific types of social action. Together they create a 'logic' of action and make the action understandable for those involved in it.

Formats

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Formats are recognizably patterned forms of behavior, subject to norms and judged accordingly by others.

Digital culture

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Digital culture refers to culture shaped by the emergence and use of digital technologies.

Shitposting

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The act of posting memes, photos, tweets or other social media content, often in response to earlier posts, that does not have any relation to the post they refer to.
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Gabriela de la Vega on Female Armpit Hair - Babylon is Burning

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The Editors
17/11/2019

Visible Female armpit hair stirs emotions and feeds online hypes and debates.  Gabriela de la Vega started her research into female armpit hair by questioning the normality of 'shaving body hair' as a woman. 

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Fake News

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Fake news seems to rule the world. Since the 2016 election campaign of Donald Trump, the debate on fake news hasn't stopped. Even more, the term fake news has become an empty signifier acquiring new meaning depending on who uses the concept. 

Victims of Illegal Repression in Chile

Chile violates Human Rights (and everyone can see it on Twitter)

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
12/11/2019
5 minutes to read

Violations of human rights in Chile are evident in pictures, videos and testimonies. To Latin Americans, they resemble reports of human rights violations by military dictatorships, like the Never Again in Argentina. Is Twitter the new Never Again?

Breaking News: the design of the MH17 crash story

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Andreea-Diana Dobrescu
30/10/2019
11 minutes to read

An analysis of the first twenty-four hours of news reports on the MH17 tragedy presented as Breaking News on CNN. This article zooms in on the gradual design of the breaking news story

Bolsonara, Brazil, populism, amazon fires

The Amazon fires as talking to Bolsonaro

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Daniel Silva
10/10/2019
16 minutes to read

According to Daniel Silva, the Amazon Fires can best be considered as political talk: as digitally formatted practices trying to communicate with Bolsonaro. 

Mark Zuckerberg and Digital Health Platform 1DOC3

How Digital Health Platform 1DOC3 exploits the Global South

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Juan Eduardo Bonnin
03/10/2019
5 minutes to read

1DOC3, a recently created Colombian digital health platform, claims to be the future of medicine. With a public discourse of universal access, its business model profits from global inequality.