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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.
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

Paper
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.

Chrissy Teigen's tragedy - too private or not public enough?

Paper
Kirsten Verbeek
05/02/2021
10 minutes to read

Chrissy Teigen shared news of her stillbirth via Instagram. The comments weren’t as loving as you might expect. This article aims to answer the question: 'why do people react so negatively towards something accused of being (too) private?'

Stocks

Reddit's GameStop rush (doesn't) change(s) the stock market

Column
Nataliia Vdovychenko
02/02/2021
7 minutes to read

GameStop has shaken the stock market with the help of Reddit users, or at least that is wat the news suggests. What is certain is that for the first time in history, the news about stocks is talking about the 'online community' rather than the wolves of Wall Street. How did this shift happen, and what are the long-term consequences? 

Glee ( Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan)

Review
Luna-Anastasia Riedel
29/01/2021
7 minutes to read

Glee is an American musical-comedy television drama with a typical American high school setting and deals with a group of diverse teenagers who all connect through being in the school’s show choir. 

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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.

Calling out the homofobus

Article
Ania Borkusewicz
23/02/2021
14 minutes to read

This article explores both offline and online responses to the Homofobus protest van in Poland and how these responses interact. 

#ikdoenietmeermee

The controversial 'I no longer participate' hashtag

Article
Simone Sprangers
25/03/2021
15 minutes to read

A group of Dutch celebrities started a 'I no longer participate' hashtag on Instagram. This is a protest action against the government's management of the coronacrisis. What can this tell us about digitalization influences of news media?