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Bolsonaro, covid, covarde, coronavirus, corona, corona crisis, populism

When myths collide: Bolsonaro’s reaction to the coronavirus crisis

Article
Ulisses Sawczuk da Silva
30/04/2020
16 minutes to read

The article discusses processes of mythification employed to support Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's controversial reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mainstream and "new" media work together in the construction of myths with political ends.

The Castle of Tilburg: A medieval castle in an industrial city

Paper
Ellis Quaedvlieg
17/04/2020
14 minutes to read

Tilburg is an industrial city with a visible medieval history, however people have been living in the area for centuries, is there a way to bring the medieval past of the city back to live or should it remain a part of the past?

Vlogging during the coronavirus crisis

Column
Mingyi Hou
14/04/2020
7 minutes to read

Chinese student Yi Dahua’s vlogging from Turin, Italy has made him a micro-celebrity during the coronavirus crisis. His case illustrates a "boundary-blurred" public sphere with widely varied public communication on the pandemic.

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. 

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On racism and how to read Hannah Arendt

Column
Ana Deumert
27/02/2020
8 minutes to read

In this column Ana Deumert looks at the work of Hannah Arendt. She asks how scholars can engage with her work, given the persistent presence of racist tropes in her writings.

QAnon: The alt-right war machine and social media mobilization

Article
Daniel Obubo
13/07/2020
12 minutes to read

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory about an on-going war between President Donald Trump and the "deep state". This article examines how QAnon followers use social media to their benefit by inviting skeptics to read between the lines.

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?