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The Capitol Riots: Democracy, Post-truth and Fiction

Column
Odile Heynders
04/05/2021
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. 

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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.

Calling out the homofobus

Article
Ania Borkusewicz
23/02/2021
14 minutes to read

This article explores both offline and online responses to the Homofobus protest van in Poland and how these responses interact. 

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Trump, lies, and hydroxychloroquine: a case study

Article
Victoria Mohr
18/11/2020
13 minutes to read

This paper analyzes the media storm around hydroxychloroquine as a potential COVID-19 treatment through the lens of Golebiewski and boyd's concept of data voids (2018) and Venturini's concept of 'junk news' (2019). 

Handing out the pitchforks: BuzzFeed and mediated digilantism

Article
Astrid Fokkema
04/01/2021
14 minutes to read

'Digilante' BuzzFeed posts shows how the news outlet taps into the anger of the crowds to mediate digilantism. Readers are invited to participate in online shaming but also prove to be critical of BuzzFeed as a normative power.