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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Generative AI

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Generative AI refers to deep learning synthesis technologies that create computational content such as images or memes from text.

Podcasts

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A podcast is an episodic audio program or digital file series that can be downloaded on a personal mobile device or computer.

Transmedia Storytelling

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Transmedia Storytelling is a concept that explains the distribution of media content across multiple media platforms. In a multi-layered media landscape, content is no longer confined to one medium, but rather works across media boundaries.

Economy of virality

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The economy of virality grounds in the commercialization of our society. The content is not sold anymore, but our attention is (which has to be quantified in clicks, likes, etc.)! 

Junk News

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news spread that is only time-consuming and addicting but not relevant (Venturini, 2019)

Media Frames

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Media frames in the context of mass-media communication refers to the way interpretations of a message are encouraged or discouraged. It was first introduced by Erving Goffman in 1974 through his book, ‘Frame Analysis’.

Hyperlinks

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Hyperlinks are links from one hypertext document to another and usually consist of a highlighted word, phrase, or image. The term was used and elaborated on by Juliette De Maeyer in her article, 'Towards a hyperlinked society: A critical review of link studies'.

Data void

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Data voids are engine queries that turn up little to no results.

Data double

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A data double is a data-generated profile of an individual based on aggregated online surveillance.

Surveillance

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Surveillance is a mode of power based on the detailed and totalized observation of behavior. It is the prevailing form of power developed and deployed in modernity

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.

Globalization

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Globalization refers to the process of increasing interconnectedness between different parts of the world, creating global modes of organization and conduct. 

Digital culture

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

Virality

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The spreading of digital content, such as images, videos, or links, in a short period of time through online media such as Social Networking Sites (SNSs) and electronic mail,  shared by a large number of people.

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.

Ghislaine Handiri: Authentic Self-Presentation on Social Media

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Noa Reijnen
27/01/2023
9 minutes to read

This paper describes how one specific influencer, Ghislaine Handiri, presents herself as authentic on Instagram and how Instagram as a mediator influences and shapes her authenticity.

What we do in the shadows TV show

The mockumentary film and TV show ‘What We Do In The Shadows’

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Kelly Burnet
13/01/2023
17 minutes to read

Modern cinema and popular culture are not done with vampirism. The award-winning mockumentary film and show 'What we do in the shadows' features vampires, and other monsters, trying to make sense of modern life.

r/place reddit void popculture

R/place through the Lens of Relational Art

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Marit van Dijck
09/12/2022
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R/place is a perfect example of relational participatory art. This paper explores why it can be classified as such, and how it decommodifies and re-democratizes the collaborative, online pixel board artform. 

Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

A lover or a monster: Jeffrey Dahmer in the true crime genre

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Iris Dumoulin
30/11/2022
10 minutes to read

Netflix's newest series on Jeffrey Dahmer has sparked a large debate. In this study, I look at the Twitter conversations surrounding the Dahmer series and how they affect the broader conversation about the ethics of the true crime genre.

Of Caring Connections: Well-Being, Entrepreneurship & Technology

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Inge van de Ven
02/12/2022
12 minutes to read

Bringing together an entrepreneurial and media studies perspective, we offer several suggestions for Tilburg University to help improve the well-being and quality of life for its academic staff.

The Risks of Civil Disobedience Influenced by Online Culture

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Bas Keemink
14/12/2022
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On the basis of Ernesto Laclau's theory of political movements and current societal changes, this paper demonstrates that actions of civil disobedience in modern society that adhere to Arendt's criteria still have unfavorable effects.

Wie is de Mol?, more than a TV show (Wie is de Mol?)

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Kristi van der Zanden
28/09/2022
6 minutes to read

"Wie is de Mol?" is a reality show with a very active and partecipative fanbase. Learn about how the fanbase and the production are creating a collective culture. 

A frame from Miranda July's Somebody movie

Miranda’s July Relational and Participatory Art

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Szymon Zbiegniewski
24/10/2022
9 minutes to read

In 2014 Miranda July created a project that asked a question about how difficult it is to approach strangers. In this paper, I analyze this project through relational aesthetics and participatory art.