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.
Bolsonara, Brazil, populism, amazon fires

The Amazon fires as talking to Bolsonaro

Article
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

Column
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.

The House of Commons

Order!! John Bercow going viral

Column
Jan Blommaert
01/10/2019
5 minutes to read

John Bercow's shouting of "Order" in the Commons has become global cultural material. What happened?

Influencers and identity. Who do you want to be?

Article
Rob Dekkers
24/09/2019
12 minutes to read

Even for kids it is quite easy to present themselves to the world and learn to manipulate their online identity. But how does constructed identity affect online culture and what is the effect of impression management on our notion of authenticity.

#womeninstreet as a vital extension of the female street photographer

Paper
Chiara Palsgraaf
06/09/2019
25 minutes to read

#womeninstreet celebrates female street photography. With women still being commodified and objectified in public spaces in society, the camera helps to turn the gaze around. Therefore, the female street photographer is seen as the flâneuse.  

The Mass Shooting Generation

Article
Miah Ke-leigh
27/09/2019
20 minutes to read

Young people in the U.S. have been left distraught and disempowered by the waves of mass shootings and other gun violence. But can their use of social media to organize lead to real change, or is it simply "slacktivism"?