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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.
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In memory of Jan Blommaert 

Article
Sjaak Kroon
08/01/2021
5 minutes to read

It is with deep sadness that we received the news that January 7th, 2021, Jan Blommaert passed away at the age of 59.

The Notre-Dame fire

The Notre-Dame fire and digital vigilantism

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
21/12/2020
12 minutes to read

The whole world was watching when one of France's famous landmarks was the victim of a major fire. On April 15, 2019, the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral suffered a terrible tragedy. What role did social media play in spreading the news?

Protests in Bulgaria: "Mafia" Out

Article
Savina Karneva
09/12/2020
12 minutes to read

Bulgaria has faced significant protests against a corrupt government in 2020. This paper presents an analysis of how activists have used social media to coordinate political actions and gain international attention for their cause.

Kneel like a true American: Protesting in American civil religion

Paper
Eva van Malsen
26/10/2020
11 minutes to read

The negative public response to Colin Kaepernick taking a knee can be explained through America's passive sense of civil religion. However, his act should not be shoved aside as disrespectful, but as an act of 'tough love' patriotism.

A still from We Are Chaos' official video

We Are Chaos: A world too chaotic for Marilyn Manson (Marilyn Manson)

Review
Vinicio Ntouvlis
15/09/2020
12 minutes to read

Marilyn Manson's 11th album shows signs of maturity as it reflects on how the shock rocker figure has become irrelevant. Mixing varying musical influences, the album makes for a solid rock listen with some inspired lyrical content.

Women being watched by cameras

Women and online privacy: Understanding the privacy paradox

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Rebecca de Jongh
07/09/2020
9 minutes to read

Women find themselves at a crossroads where their online presence could lead to empowerment or to added scrutiny. What is the privacy paradox and what happens to women when they face it?