Public Sphere

politieke correchteid

Politieke correctheid blijft een canard (Gerben Bakker, Gert Jan Geling)

Review
Jan Blommaert
04/04/2019
17 minutes to read

De auteurs van "Over Politieke Correctheid" beweren een analytische en genuanceerde duiding van PC te geven. Maar ze schreven een studie zonder object, zonder actoren en zonder processen.

Chinese intellectuals, digital media, weibo,

Where have the Chinese public intellectuals gone?

Column
Mingyi Hou
12/03/2019
9 minutes to read

In the democratization paradigm the focus is on the question to what extent media institutions are free from state intervention. In this column, Mingyi Hou questions the usefulness of this paradigm to explain why Chinese public intellectuals seem to be disappearing.

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.

Facebook Birthday, Facebook old, Wechat, Weibo

Facebook is old: the Ford-T of social media just turned 15

Column
Jan Blommaert
05/02/2019
6 minutes to read

The very thing that has made Facebook great also makes it obsolete. Designed in the very early years of the 21st century and swept up in a wave of tremendous technological developments, Facebook now looks, and feels, almost medieval.

Ai Weiwei, activism, politics

Ai Weiwei and the Art of Activism

Article
Ghyli Kirshner
14/05/2019
12 minutes to read

Whether pictures of his middle finger in front of national buildings or a recreation of a drowned refugee, Ai Weiwei is not afraid to shock and confront people with his art works.

The November 13 Paris attacks

Article
Nine van Steen
28/01/2019
10 minutes to read

Loads of people got involved in the Paris attacks: perpetrators, Islamic State, victims, and the general public. In this article, these groups of people are brought in relation to online infrastructures.