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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.
Benjamin De Cleen

Benjamin De Cleen on Digital Culture in 2018 & 2019

Interview
The Editors
19/12/2018

According to Benjamin De Cleen, we need to be careful with making big claims about the impact of new media technology. However, people do need to consider important changes in the discourse and in the communication strategies.

Lauren Zentz

Lauren Zentz on Digital Culture in 2018 and 2019

Interview
The Editors
14/12/2018

In this interview Lauren Zentz shares her thoughts about the impact of digital culture, and talks about her hopes for the future. For instance, she hopes that her work will contribute to our understandings of how to conduct sociolinguistic and ethnographic research that accounts for the power and even the ubiquity of the internet in many people’s daily lives.

On the freedom to protest

Column
Ana Deumert
29/11/2018
7 minutes to read

A recent South African court ruling ended the requirement to give notification to the authorities before setting up protest actions. Ana Deumert agrees and in this column she reflects on the right to protest as central to democratic citizenship.

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The Global Compact on Migration and its discontents

Column
Jan Blommaert
12/12/2018
7 minutes to read

The Global Compact for Migration has "evidence-based public discourse" as one of its objectives. Remarkably, this requirement has led to huge controversy. Are we moving towards a fact-free open society?

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Big Man politics 2.0

Column
Jan Blommaert
22/11/2018
5 minutes to read

Big Man politics used to be an exotic and marginal phenomenon, but algoritmic populists such as Bolsonaro, Trump, Orbán and others made it one of the dominant formats of 21st century power.

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Algorithmic populism and algorithmic activism

Article
Ico Maly
08/11/2018
12 minutes to read

Digitalization gave birth to a new kind of populism: algorithmic populism. Algorithmic populism cannot be understood without taking the uptake and algorithmic activism in particular into account.

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Why has Cultural Marxism become the enemy?

Column
Jan Blommaert
22/11/2018
13 minutes to read

Cultural Marxism is blamed for "globalism" and its discontents. Perhaps exploring globalization can be an alternative for this deeply flawed conspiracy theory.