In the second episode of Babylon's Burning, we talk with Chrissy Cook (Tilburg University) on her research on trolls and trolling. Chrissy has spent the last four years of her life dedicated to studying this phenomenon.
Google is your best friend. That is the answer one usually gets when one ask for some piece of information. This answer can be read as an index of a very influential media ideology: that Google is a benevolent, neutral instrument providing users with the truth. Reality is a bit more complicated. In this file, we zoom in on the politics of Google.
Looking at the “vlog” as a speech event, Hymes’s SPEAKING model is used to identify its contextual and interactional parameters. Conclusively, vlogging is a complex genre of new media with potential for extensive influence.
Otaku is a subculture that originated in Japan. It later spread internationally because of globalization. As a consequence, internet communities of otaku grew. There are sometimes converging, other times diverging features.