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.
Kristof Verfaillie

Diggit profile: Kristof Verfaillie

Interview
Jan Blommaert
16/01/2020

Criminologist Kristof Verfaillie discusses the totalizing and counterproductive aspects of contemporary, technologically shaped security and surveillance regimes.

backpacking, new zealand, identity

Backpackers and identity in the digital world

Paper
Linmin Zheng
10/01/2020
20 minutes to read

This paper analyzes backpackers as a micro-population. It demonstrates how I produce part of my identity on and offline as a member of this transnational micro-population in the digital world.

K-pop, Korean pop, pop music, digital culture

K-pop and digital culture

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K-Pop has become a global phenomenon. How come Korean bands conquer the world? What make these pop-idols so popular and what role do their fans play? This and much more, can be found out in this new Diggit file. The focus of this file is on the rise of K-Pop in the context of digitalization and digital culture. 

Twitter politics

Twitter politics: the next stage

Column
Jan Blommaert
14/01/2020
6 minutes to read

Two recent incidents on Twitter in the wake of the US attack on Iran's general Soleimani show us how Twitter continues to define politics as we know it.

Is Zondag met Lubach saving democracy?

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Rosalie Vaarten
09/12/2019
9 minutes to read

Is the Dutch television program Zondag met Lubach or infotainment in general a threat to democracy? Or should we see infotainment programs as saviors of democracy? 

female armpit hair, normativity, foucault, body politics, discrimination,

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.