Public Sphere

Aziz Ansari: Modern Public Intellectual?

Paper
Chi-chieh Huang
26/03/2021
31 minutes to read

This article seeks to examine the public persona of Aziz Ansari through the model of the public intellectual.

AI

Should AI be considered the (co-)author of AI art?

Column
Simone Sprangers
04/03/2021
3 minutes to read

AI is used quite often in art production. But this technology can lead to philosophical problems. Is the artist still the author of his work, or does he has to share this authorship with AI? The ontology of art can shed light on this issue.

Chrissy Teigen's tragedy - too private or not public enough?

Paper
Kirsten Verbeek
05/02/2021
10 minutes to read

Chrissy Teigen shared news of her stillbirth via Instagram. The comments weren’t as loving as you might expect. This article aims to answer the question: 'why do people react so negatively towards something accused of being (too) private?'

Stocks

Reddit's GameStop rush (doesn't) change(s) the stock market

Column
Nataliia Vdovychenko
02/02/2021
7 minutes to read

GameStop has shaken the stock market with the help of Reddit users, or at least that is wat the news suggests. What is certain is that for the first time in history, the news about stocks is talking about the 'online community' rather than the wolves of Wall Street. How did this shift happen, and what are the long-term consequences? 

Conspiracy theories, Capitol riot, fiction,

The Capitol Riots: Democracy, Post-truth and Fiction

Column
Odile Heynders
19/01/2021
7 minutes to read

In light of the Capitol riots, Odile Heynders claims that we have to reflect on fiction and its development in time, in order to understand how the concept is used and functions in today’s society. 

image of a clustered red and clustered blue communication network with just a few connections linking the two

Capitol riots, echo chambers and democracy

Column
Lauren Zentz
18/01/2021
5 minutes to read

The problem of corporate media is not their creation of echo chambers; it is that media organizations have allowed people whose views run against democracy to gain such a large following that their lies are now seen by many as fact.