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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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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

Paper
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?

Waving Spanish Flag

How is VOX making the Spanish flag wave again?

Article
Jozefien Boone
14/09/2020
17 minutes to read

The rise of the far-right party VOX is changing the political climate of Spain. By hegemonizing the ideology of the New Right, the party re-introduces nationalism in the country's politics and public debate. 

SpaceX Falcon launch

The SpaceX mission and why it worries me

Column
Jan Blommaert
03/06/2020
4 minutes to read

Elon Musk's SpaceX operates in a field of power previously reserved for state institutions under public control. Is this a good or a bad thing? 

Moorkop

Revealing racist words in the superdiverse era

Paper
Anne Marte Gardenier
02/06/2020
11 minutes to read

This article focuses on Dutch vocabulary changes that are brought on by inter-cultural contact as a result of globalization. The superdiverse population of the Netherlands is raising awareness for racist Dutch vocabulary. 

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Coronavirus memes: Laughing the apocalypse away

Article
Jana Nuiten
14/09/2020
10 minutes to read

As the coronavirus pandemic has taken hold, coronavirus memes have emerged. In memes, people find an outlet for being humorous and coping with the harsh circumstances they are living in at the moment.

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The COVID19 lockdown rules: How we learn and adjust

Column
Jan Blommaert
19/05/2020
7 minutes to read

The COVID19 lockdown crisis involves many of us rapidly learning and adjusting to entirely new rules, many of which used to be 'weird' until recently.

Sexual monsters in a pandemic

Article
Marieke Weeda
27/07/2020
9 minutes to read

How are norms around sexual activity moralized as a tool for regulating behavior and controling the risk to society during the corona crisis? In this article, we discuss moral judgements on sexual encounters and masturbation in corona times.