Social media celebrity

How ContraPoints commands the YouTube Stage

Article
Inge van de Ven
28/10/2019
11 minutes to read

Inge van de Ven examines YouTube vlogger ContraPoints as a public intellectual in the context of strategies of self-representation in the attention economy. 

The House of Commons

Order!! John Bercow going viral

Column
Jan Blommaert
01/10/2019
5 minutes to read

John Bercow's shouting of "Order" in the Commons has become global cultural material. What happened?

Influencers and identity. Who do you want to be?

Article
Rob Dekkers
24/09/2019
12 minutes to read

Even for kids it is quite easy to present themselves to the world and learn to manipulate their online identity. But how does constructed identity affect online culture and what is the effect of impression management on our notion of authenticity.

Jordan Peterson as a human filter bubble

Academic paper
Inge van de Ven
21/06/2019
18 minutes to read

The case of Jordan Peterson demonstrates that in today’s public spheres, the figure of the public intellectual is not necessarily free from ulterior motives in filtering information for the general public.

Virat Kohli

Interested in globalization? Watch cricket

Column
Jan Blommaert
25/06/2019
7 minutes to read

The Cricket World Cup 2019 is a global media event of enormous size, while cricket itself is practiced only in a relatively small area in the world. How come?

The Mind of Jake Paul: a YouTube documentary

Article
Kristiana Naydenova
16/12/2019
17 minutes to read

What happens when one YouTuber films another YouTuber? This paper analyzes the potential for truthtelling in the YouTube documentary The Mind Of Jake Paul.

cheat day, Buttermore

Stephanie Buttermore's Cheat Day videos

Article
Elina Postova
18/12/2019
10 minutes to read

Stephanie Buttermore and her layered social media personality give us insight into how influencers construct a widely desired body image. Her "Fantasy Cheat Days" make us wonder about the nature of such content and what it reflects.