Digital media

What makes a vlog a vlog?

Academic paper
Marissa K. Wood
08/03/2019
30 minutes to read

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.

irony poinsoning

On being diagnosed with irony poisoning

Column
Piia Varis
14/03/2019
8 minutes to read

What is irony poisoning? And should we really take it seriously as scholars? Piia Varis (Tilburg University) joins the debate. 

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Everything you need to know about otaku

Article
Federica Morgandi
15/03/2019
17 minutes to read

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.

Sander Bax: de literatuur draait door!

Article
The Editors
01/03/2019
3 minutes to read

Op vrijdag 1 maart verschijnt bij Uitgeverij Prometheus De literatuur draait door, het nieuwe boek van Sander Bax (Tilburg University). Diggit Magazine zocht hem op voor een gesprek.

algorithms, alogorithmic public sphere

The algorithmic public sphere and democracy

Paper
Aniek van den Brandt
25/05/2019
12 minutes to read

The public sphere has been controlled by humans for years, but in the last decade, there has been a shift from human gatekeepers to algorithmic ones. This essay describes the consequences this algorithmic culture has for the public sphere.

weibo, fans, fan culture

Fan communication on Weibo

Column
Mingyi Hou
19/02/2019
9 minutes to read

Nowadays, fans speak in a ritualistic and phatic manner on Weibo. They interpret Weibo’s popularity metrics and algorithms and use them for strategic communicative practices, aiming at boosting positive publicity and high media visibility for idols.