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What is the role of women in the far-right? In this video, Eviane Leidig explains how far-right female micro-celebrities help to "normalize and legitimize" the ideological beliefs of the far-right.

Ghislaine Handiri: Authentic Self-Presentation on Social Media

Paper
Noa Reijnen
27/01/2023
9 minutes to read

This paper describes how one specific influencer, Ghislaine Handiri, presents herself as authentic on Instagram and how Instagram as a mediator influences and shapes her authenticity.

Portret of Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro in the hybrid media system: methodology and methods

Article
Ruben den Boer
12/04/2023
12 minutes to read

This article presents a detailed account of the methodologies and methods we deployed while investigating how Ben Shapiro uses mainstream digital media to have a voice in the hybrid media system.

Picture of Ben Shapiro, in the background we see some of his social media posts

Telling stories using platform affordances: an analysis on Ben Shapiro’s social media use

Article
Ruben den Boer
27/03/2023
16 minutes to read

Platforms are not neutral. Their affordances and quantification shape the stories we tell and read. This article delves into this phenomenon by focusing on how Ben Shapiro tells his metapolitical stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The uptake of Danielle D'Souza Gill

The uptake of Danielle D'Souza Gill: Platform matters

Article
j.e.n.grassere@uvt.nl Grassère
30/06/2023
28 minutes to read

Danielle D'Souza Gill is a popular far-right influencer. The manner in which her followers engage with her posts varies per platform. Read this article to discover how this works differently on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

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Mixing truth and fiction: Jeffrey Dahmer on Netflix

Article
Femke van Bree
20/03/2023
11 minutes to read

The internet is obsessed with Jeffrey Dahmer - especially in the latest Netflix series about him. This paper analyses the content that trivializes Jeffrey Dahmer. How does participatory culture lead to blurred lines between truth and fiction?

The inverted filter on TikTok

TikTok's inverted filter: debunking symmetry as beauty standard

Paper
Kelly Burnet
07/11/2022
10 minutes to read

In this paper, discourse analysis is done on two TikTok entries to the inverted filter trend that became very popular in April 2021. By showing facial asymmetry as normal, Aubrey Ober gave a twist to the trend and recycled the trend's meaning.