Trumpian Governance

This article seeks to explorer the way in which world politics appear in local music.

Pop music and Trump: World politics in local popular music

Paper
Renske Jacobs
17/08/2020
14 minutes to read

Globalization has changed the production of music. In this paper, we explore the way in which world politics appear in local music and how audiences engage with this, through two case studies of songs by De Staat and The 1975.

BLM, black lives matter, Floyd, Trump, racism, anti-racist culture

The George Floyd Uprising and Anti-Racist Culture Change

Column
Rosalyn Negrón
18/06/2020
9 minutes to read

As of today, protests condemning George Floyd's murder by police officer Derek Chauvin have taken place in all 50 U.S. states (more than 750 U.S. cities), and in more than 60 countries. The anger and despair that was channeled through massive uprisings, now mingle with hope and possibility. A return to status quo appears to no longer be politically viable.

Pelosi-Trump, October 2019 meeting

Pelosi and Trump: Choreographies of conflict

Column
Jan Blommaert
03/03/2020
10 minutes to read

Pelosi and Trump don't get along too well. A number of emblematic pictures document this conflict, and in each of them concrete body movements are sensed to tell the story.

QAnon appearing at Trump rallies.

QAnon: a wild conspiracy theory with Donald Trump’s support?

Paper
Idhuna Pastoor
29/01/2020
23 minutes to read

The pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon has been infiltrating mainstream media at a fast pace. While the president has never publicly stated his support for the theory, many clues suggest that his stance towards its supporters is not unfavorable.

QAnon: The alt-right war machine and social media mobilization

Article
Daniel Obubo
13/07/2020
12 minutes to read

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory about an on-going war between President Donald Trump and the "deep state". This article examines how QAnon followers use social media to their benefit by inviting skeptics to read between the lines.

Twitter politics

Twitter politics: the next stage

Column
Jan Blommaert
14/01/2020
6 minutes to read

Two recent incidents on Twitter in the wake of the US attack on Iran's general Soleimani show us how Twitter continues to define politics as we know it.

How haters helped the rise of Greta Thunberg's popularity

Article
Francesca Iaboni
18/03/2020
22 minutes to read

This article dicusses the ways in which Greta Thunberg has been represented on social media, focusing on the way in which she has been discredited as the face of the largest environmental youth protest in history.

hurricane dorian, sharpiegate, immigration, media

Hurricane Dorian: Making news out of breaking news

Article
Vinicio Ntouvlis
05/11/2019
11 minutes to read

A breaking-news event like Hurricane Dorian can stir up public debate on political and social issues through its media coverage. In this case study, we examine how both mainstream and "new" media played a role in shaping such debates around Dorian.