Social media celebrity

A picture of Diederik Gommers from his Instagram

Diederik Gommers the ICfluencer

Paper
Emma Wieringa
12/04/2021
15 minutes to read

Doctor Diederik Gommers has become increasingly important in Dutch media and politics. He has embraced the hybrid media system to encourage his young followers to follow COVID-19 measures, all while keeping his posts personal and relatable.

Kaitlin Bennett: The New Right Metapolitical Influencer

Article
Caya Van Der Plas
06/04/2021
15 minutes to read

This article analyzes how Kaitlin Bennett, the self-proclaimed 'most hated conservative woman on the internet', has made a succesful career as a metapolitical influencer using her knowledge about the affordances of digital media.

Fictional Barbie's real YouTube career

Paper
Juliette Berndsen
02/09/2020
13 minutes to read

Barbie, the blond doll, now uploads vlogs to YouTube to educate and inspire children. By combining non-fiction elements with fiction along the lines of animation, character, and message, Mattel is making sure that their doll stays relevant.

Picture Philosophy Tube Oliver Thorn

Performativity by Philosophy Tube

Article
Merel Groot
12/10/2020
19 minutes to read

Philosophy Tube is a YouTube channel about philosophy which uses a theatrical style. In some videos, the author talks about his own life. This article analyses two videos to see how he combines theater with elements of real-life experiences.

@queenofjetlags

Autobiographical vlogs: Telling one's life story online

Article
Jelske van Es
28/09/2020
13 minutes to read

New technologies allow people to disclose private information in vlogs online. Since these vlogs tell someone's story, in what way can they be considered autobiographical? As a case study, we examine Queen of Jet Lags' social media presence.

AOC, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez,

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's populism and relatability

Article
Nikoletta Georgiou
17/02/2020
12 minutes to read

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest congresswoman ever to be elected and a rising political star. This article analyses her "relatable" media presence with regard to how it boosts her continuously growing influence.