Public Sphere

Is Zondag met Lubach saving democracy?

Paper
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? 

Borat: a Bi-cultural Mockumentary

Paper
Valentina Brkan
29/11/2019
12 minutes to read

As a bi-cultural mockumentary, Borat manages to parody, critique and deconstruct both American and Kazakh culture.

Racism and the politics of the beach

Column
Ana Deumert
28/11/2019
7 minutes to read

It's time to talk about racism and beach apartheid. Ana Deumert discusses ‘the beach’ as part of the settler-colonial imaginary in South Africa.

fake news

Fake News

File

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. 

Turkey's Struggle for Media Freedom: Medyascope

Article
Ugur Dulger
16/09/2019
10 minutes to read

Medyascope.tv is one of the rare examples of alternative journalism which incorporates many digital platforms and operates in a discourse of freedom instead of opposition.

Jordan Peterson as a human filter bubble

Academic paper
Inge van de Ven
21/06/2019
18 minutes to read

The case of Jordan Peterson demonstrates that in today’s public spheres, the figure of the public intellectual is not necessarily free from ulterior motives in filtering information for the general public.

Trapveldje

Het Trapveldje: Vacant space in the densely built environment

Article
Marjoca de Greef
06/12/2019
15 minutes to read

Het Trapveldje was a space for wild play and ‘marginal’ activities, where locals came to play, linger, talk and watch. This indistinct, scruffy field was also a stage for an unyielding battle between locals and the municipality of Amsterdam.