Memes

Digital Discussions Episode 2

Episode 2: The Digital Influence of Memes This the second episode of our podcast titled ‘Digital Discussions’, in which we discuss topics about the digital, humanities, and digital humanities. As the host of this episode, Gijs introduces a discussion about the definitions, evolution, and digital influence of memes, using an excerpt of a book that contained a section on memes. In these…

“OK, boomer” Vol. 2: Climate Change Kills

On my way to Leiden I witnessed a conversation that literally made the hairs in my neck stand up, much akin to a pissed off cat. I was sitting in the train on a Tuesday afternoon, minding my own business as you do in a crowded train, when two people sat down in the seats across from me. At first I ignored…

“OK boomer” Vol. 1: Pride Comes Before the Fall

The other day I went shopping in a garden centre. You know, one of those very large ones that require a map to navigate. Why I  was there is of no importance; the fact of the matter is that I was there, and that I got lost. In my own –very human- hubris, I had decided to not follow the clearly laid…

In Memory of r/Place

Whenever I hear the term ‘social experiment’ these days, my mind immediately goes to this awful trend of various internet personalities doing increasingly rude things to random people in public and using the excuse of ‘it’s a social experiment!’ to justify their unacceptable behavior. This is of course a replacement for the equally loathsome ‘it’s just a prank. bro!’ argument. However! Despite…

The Cringe is Real- TikTok Time

I had to do it to them. I am so sorry everyone, I tried to create the content nobody asked for and nobody wanted. What an experience. I feel like a boomer, the technology was just all too much. How do other people put in several clips and transitions?? I had to Google how to use an app, and thas my official…

Language Games

The inspiration for writing this blog post came to me while trying to have a conversation with my mother. Keyword: trying. It has become increasingly difficult for me to have conversations with members of previous generations. This is especially a problem seeing as my job mainly involves having to talk to elderly people. Luckily for me, a lot of older people just…