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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

Ideology

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Ideology is any set of socially structured ideas guiding behavior and thought in particular domains of life.

Metapolitics

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Metapolitics started from the idea of ‘the primacy of culture over politics as the premise to a revolution in the spirit of ‘right-wing Gramscism’ (Griffin, 2000).

Hidden transcipts

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Hidden transcripts is a concept often used in discussions of power and resistance, and it refers to forms of resistance and dissent that are kept out of sight for those in power.

Covid-19: A World United, A World Apart

Column
Ana Deumert
02/04/2020
8 minutes to read

Covid-19 affects us all, but it affects us differently. In this column I look at #StayAtHome policies outside of middle-class realities, and argue for caring and compassionate policy interventions that support the most vulnerable.

The coronavirus, the attention economy and far-right junk news

Column
Ico Maly
24/03/2020
9 minutes to read

The coronavirus has devastating consequences for social life in all corners of the world. For some, this global pandemic is an opportunity to reach a wide audience, to make money or to further a political agenda. 

Ellen DeGeneres: talk show host or CIA agent?

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
16/03/2020
11 minutes to read

In 2018, people believed that Eric Trump suggested that Ellen DeGeneres is part of a hidden government within the US. This essay analyzes how this conspiracy theory has come into existence, who plays a role in it, and what this means online.

Hashtag activism in the online-offline continuum

Hashtag tactics: Algorithmic activism in Chile

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
09/03/2020
7 minutes to read

Algorithmic activism requires handcrafted tactics to reinforce the online-offline continuum of political actions. We can see it at work in the first week of protests in Chile.

Thomas Piketty

Capital et idéologie (Thomas Piketty)

Review
Jan Blommaert
26/02/2020
8 minutes to read

In dit nieuwe monumentale werk gaat Thomas Piketty op zoek naar de ideologische structuren van het hedendaagse hyperkapitalisme.

The (pseudo)science of profiling and surveillance

Column
Piia Varis
20/02/2020
9 minutes to read

Both online profiling and targeting as well as border surveillance are big business, but both also seem to rely on dubious scientific claims and foundations.

Pelosi-Trump, October 2019 meeting

Pelosi and Trump: Choreographies of conflict

Column
Jan Blommaert
03/03/2020
10 minutes to read

Pelosi and Trump don't get along too well. A number of emblematic pictures document this conflict, and in each of them concrete body movements are sensed to tell the story.

digital populism

Digital Populism

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Populism is again talk of the town. Brexit, Trump, Flemish Interest and Salvini have all been awarded with the label. But what exactly is populism and how has populism changed in the digital era?