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Humanoids

One of my fellow students, Karin, wrote a fair share of her blogs about the Japanese character Hatsune Miku. Check out Karins blog if you want to know more about her.One of her latest blogs (‘Marrying Hatsune Miku’) covered the phenomenon of people marrying non-people. Come again? At least, that was my initial response. I couldn’t imagine a man marrying something as…

Fallout: New Vegas

I was never much of a gamer. Of course, I built my fair share of Sims houses and Zoo Tycoon cages, but never anything beyond that. My boyfriend however can’t stop talking about them. After 2.5 years of being together, I have heard all about the Warhammer 40k lore, Stellaris expansions, Bethesda dropping quality due to their tenfold of staff, The Witcher…

Scientology and the stars

In my previous blog I discussed the Anonymous banner and what it’s used for. The event that changed their status from ‘trolls on 4chan’ to the group they are nowadays was the attack on Scientology, where they claimed removing the Tom Cruise Scientology interview was censorship. This is a pretty famous interview, and if you’ve seen it, you know why. If not,…

Anonymous

Guy Fawkes, by Anonymus-ng

If you’ve read some of my blogs, you probably figured I’m intrigued by closed societies, online groups of dissidents, that kind of thing. For this course I want to link that to digital media and research the relationship between the online world and its digital minorities. Anonymous might be the perfect example of this. If you’ve ever seen something from this group…

A Brief Introduction to Online Extremism

In my previous blog, I introduced my plan to dig into the relationship between digital media and communities based on extreme ideas. Since then, I’ve reached out to various examples of those closed, sometimes extreme communities. They haven’t been very responsive so far. I’m however still positive that somewhere in the next couple of weeks I will produce an interview-based podcast. Make…

Digital Media and Nuance

The time I spent on Facebook was mainly used to look at recipe GIFS and memes. The Facebook algorithm however infered I was very fond of Thierry Baudet and his political party Forum voor Democratie. Every day his face would pop up on my wall, accompanied by short clip of his most recent school visit or presentation in the parliamentary room. Sometimes…

Stylometry and Gender

Communication between men and women can sometimes be a little… difficult. And that’s understandable. In conversations, both genders tend to use different nonverbal cues when communicating [1]. Men smile less and use fewer facial expressions than women. In conversation, women use paralanguage (all linguistic elements not being words, for example sounds like ‘mhm’ or ‘oh’) more frequently than men. Its purpose is…

Very Realistic

If you like gaming, you probably heard about VR: Virtual Reality. This digital screen can be worn like goggles and responds to your movement. This will improve your ‘gaming experience’ in revolutionary ways. If you’ve got the stomach for it though: I tried Minecraft in VR a couple months back and despite it being awesome, I made an embarrassment of myself by…

Moon, Rose, Fish

As a linguist, I am fascinated by language. Communicating by combining separate sounds into larger parts and hereby creating something meaningful, with nothing but your voice, is magical to me. But we humans have our brain. A phenomenal organ, mysterious and impressive. It enables us to do what we do and be who we are. Sure, you need your speech organs to…

Go outside

Gathering accounts When I was younger, there was a strict ‘no Social Media’-rule in my household. “Get away from that stupid computer, go outside!”, my mother would say. After years of begging, complaining and guilt-tripping, I was finally allowed to have a Hyves-profile. This is a Dutch platform that basically works like Facebook or Twitter, just without feeds. You can chat, visit…