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Animal Rights

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Animal rights is the idea that humans "do not have a right to use non-human animals for our own purposes, which include food, clothing, entertainment, and vivisection. This is based on a rejection of speciesism and the knowledge that animals are sentient beings." (Lin 2019)

Speciesism

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Speciesism is the biased belief in the superiority of some species over others. According to this prejudice some animal species are favoured over others, and the human animal is favoured above all other species.

Critical cartography

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Critical cartography refers to the academic field in which products and processes of cartography are critically analysed in order to reveal hegemonic power-relations.

Online-offline nexus

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The online-offline nexus is a description of social reality in the post-digital age. We live our social lives increasingly at the intersection of online and offline forces.

Surveillance

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Surveillance is a mode of power based on the detailed and totalized observation of behavior. It is the prevailing form of power developed and deployed in modernity

Panopticon

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The panopticon is a structure of power-knowledge, used by Michel Foucault to describe a system in which totalized surveillance can be organized.

Actor-Network Theory (ANT)

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Actor-Network Theory is a theoretical and methodological approach that sees all social phenomena as the product of network interactions. It is unique in that it recognizes both objects and technologies as network nodes equal with human actants.

Culture

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Culture is shorthand for the stuff that makes human interactions meaningful and comprehensible.

Ideology

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Ideology is any set of socially structured ideas guiding behavior and thought in particular domains of life.

Formats

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Formats are recognizably patterned forms of behavior, subject to norms and judged accordingly by others.

Linguicism

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Linguicism is language discrimination or language racism, the discrimination of speakers of a certain language.

Misleading Marketing: the sh*tty truth about diet culture

Paper
Jitske Verhagen
21/09/2021
11 minutes to read

The new phenomena created by diet culture are investigated in light of the promotion of 'weight-loss teas' by companies and influencers who create a discourse focused on body weight health on social media platforms such as TikTok.

WiFi tracking: a violation of privacy?

Article
Simone Sprangers
15/10/2021
12 minutes to read

Earlier this year, the Dutch Data Protection Authority fined Enschede for allegedly violating the privacy of its citizens by using WiFi tracking. How is the Enschede WiFi tracking case related to the larger debate about privacy?

Does a Fitbit make you healthier and happier?

Paper
Iris Olde Hampsink
06/09/2021
11 minutes to read

This article analyzes the app Fitbit, its aim and its game design elements. What makes Fitbit both successful and unsuccessful. Additionally, the article discusses what role participatory surveillance plays on the app. 

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California scheming: Miranda July's Kajillionaire (Miranda July)

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Bettie Cörvers
04/06/2021
7 minutes to read

In Miranda July's 2020 film Kajillionaire, Old Dolio's life is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join them in their scamming practices. She feels the need to detach from her hustling parents.

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Ratatousical: what the TikTok musical says about society

Paper
Emma Wieringa
26/04/2021
9 minutes to read

During the pandemic, people have had a lot of extra time to start (creative) projects, such as creating a musical on TikTok about Disney's Ratatouille. What does this musical reveal about our society in times of a pandemic?

Extreme Politics

The post-normal era, uncertainty, and irony politics

Article
Lisa van Turnhout
07/04/2021
9 minutes to read

After decades of crises, normalization and fatigue leads to young people radicalizing online. Irony politics is a way of adopting new political narratives after the political middle has failed to give answers to these crises. 

Terrorising Ourselves: What Us Can Teach Us about Authenticity

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Rebecca de Jongh
15/02/2021
10 minutes to read

This paper investigates the concept of authenticity through analysing the movie Us (Peele, 2019). Theories on authenticity by Charles Taylor and various ideas about the uncanny valley are used to analyse this intriguing movie.