Monthly Archives: November 2019

Disney’s Struggle: Disclaimers and Diversity

For my last blog, I decided to direct my attention to an interesting current phenomenon: warnings and disclaimers. ‘Political correctness’ Over the last couple of years, there has been more attention for what many call ‘political correctness’, I feel in most parts it is just common-sense, but sure we can call it something political if you would like. It entails the notion…

E – poetry and its cyber branches

“I’m just a squirrel looking for a nut You are a wizard harry I’m a what Glad to believe in #Jesus, He’s the best… From Fresno to Pomona fuck the rest” – By Pentametron (https://twitter.com/pentametron?lang=en) This may seem like a random compilation of Twitter posts that happen to rhyme and that is because they are. Well, the fact that they rhyme and…

extracting the quintessence.

And here we are: the last blogpost of my little journey into the field of language published in this semester. You are finally released! Almost!I would like to use this last post to provide you with a short recap and a reflection what we have explored during the last weeks. I was trying to raise your awareness but also interest in the…

✏️ and 👅 in the 💻 🌍

(Okay, so the title is ‘Writing and speaking in the digital world’ ✌️) In class, we have already discussed emojis, their advantages (such as that of boosting people’s sense of inclusion – you can read a paper about it here) and possible negative aspects. During one of the classes, I briefly mentioned an article discussing how emojis are ruining the English language.…

My blogpost themes if I had to write more of them

Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Human rights are threatened in the digital welfare state, an example of this will be the case of profiling citizens in the Netherlands. While the Dutch institutions were not looking into fraud and tax issues in big companies for ‘privacy concerns’ : or perhaps fear of their fancy elite lawyers, they have no problem using personal…

An RPG experience: The Outer Worlds

RPG games drag us into the story, they allow us to be immersed in the happening of their narrative, to interact with NPCs (non-playable characters). The beauty of the latter is that some game developers have succeeded in giving them such rich and complex personalities that make us all the more involved in the story. In this blogpost I will mostly talk…

Weak AI

The discussion about artificial intelligence (AI) moves between the desire for smart machines that support us in various fields and the angst that we will lose the control one day. I will consider the angst that people elicit when talking about machines. In 2017 two chatbots appeared to be chatting to each other in a not understandable language for human beings. It…

Facebook conspiracy

Conspiracies are something that always interest me. The way people sometimes blatantly belief in something that others don’t just fascinates me. If I’m completely honest, sometimes I even laugh at people who belief in conspiracy theories. However, lately I keep thinking about this conspiracy like phenomenon that I encounter on news pages on Facebook. A lot of times I see these banners…