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Lyrical Toxicity: The Rap World

In a study conducted by Italian music data company Musixmatch, it was concluded that around 1 in 47 words in rap songs are of profane nature, adding up to an average of 10 curse words per song. The closest following genre by profanity was heavy metal with an average of 1 in 352 words, an immense difference. What is this marriage between rap and…

Digital Discussions Episode 11

Episode 11: Christmas Special! This the eleventh episode of our podcast titled ‘Digital Discussions’, very overdue edition, in which we discuss topics about the digital, humanities, and digital humanities. As the host of this episode, Cosima starts us off with some interesting information on Saturnalia, the Ancient Roman version of Christmas. We continue with discussions on the Christmas Spirit, Christmas traditions, consumerist…

Digital Art: Expression Beyond Capability

“Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries…” – Neville Brody Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to visit NXT Museum in Amsterdam, a first of its kind concept museum dedicated entirely to digital media art. What I walked away with was a broadening of my artistic horizons like I’ve never experienced before.  Digital Art is a very fluid…

The Battle of the Tech Giants: Illusions of Innovation, Parallel Structures and Capitalism

Every day more than 4,000 new apps are released. Google Play´s monthly new releases exceed 100,000 each month and Apple´s App Store is not far behind. The big five tech companies (Apple, Facebook, Google (Alphabet), Amazon, Microsoft) are steadily supplanting oil companies as biggest corporations in terms of stock market value. What is it these companies do and how do they make…

Digital Communities: A Pandemic Era Lifeline

In April of this year, Nintendo unveiled Animal Crossing: New Horizons for its highly popular Switch console. A revamped version of its series, Animal Crossing can be best described as a “social simulation game” that revolves around a players character interacting with the digital environment, constructing the island they inhabit, making friends, visiting others and typically being an engaged member of a…

Travel Envy

Written by: Pieter de Jong We all watch YouTube video’s, don’t we? I do, that’s for sure. I love watching YouTube video’s and travel video’s by ‘travel vloggers’ in particular. I watch these vlogs and think, f*ck me, I wish I was there or able to go there just now. Which sounds like jealousy, right? But is it really? Jealousy and social…