Social media celebrity

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.

@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.

Leonardo DiCaprio and his activism

Leonardo DiCaprio and online activism

Article
Iris Dumoulin
26/02/2020
13 minutes to read

Leonardo DiCaprio has been stealing hearts since the '90s. But next to his acting, he has also been an environmental activist. To this day, his online posts encourage others to change the world. Can such a famous actor honestly be an activist?

@Queenofjetlags

@Queenofjetlags constructing authenticity on Instagram

Article
Anna-Lisa de Boer
11/05/2020
14 minutes to read

This article takes a deeper look into how Instagram influencers construct authenticity. As a new era of advertising is dawning on social media, we analyse @Queenofjetlags' Instagram to see how she remains "authentic" while promoting brands.

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.