Media

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…

A boy is born on a spaceship.

“There’s no music on the spaceship and he lives there alone surrounded by machines. One day the boy stumbles upon a pirate radio station and discovers music. He falls in love with music and wants to make music himself, but he doesn’t know the rules of music or how it’s supposed to be done. All he has is a radio playing songs…

Digital Discussions Episode 8

Episode 8: Parasimp This the eighth 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, Cosima brings up the now well-discussed topic of parasocial relationships. We discuss our own favourite parasocial relationships, their possible harmful or helpful aspects and how it should be defined in these…

Ambient Lighting and Media Consumption

Media consumption is, undoubtedly, one of the most important elements in digital media. It refers to activities where one interacts with new media, books, television, radio etc. Needless to say, media consumption has both positive and negative effects. However, this blog is fixated in the way we consume media at home, and specifically the technology used to create ambient lighting when consuming…

Digital Discussions Episode 6

Episode 6: Election Special! This the sixth episode of our podcast titled ‘Digital Discussions’, in which we discuss topics about the digital, humanities, and digital humanities. Today is a the special election episode, as we focus on some very important elections happing in the week of recording, as this episode was recorded on 3 November. As the host of this episode, Gijs…

toasty digital and why Kanye is the gift that keeps on giving.

The album. “It is the year 2049. Kanye West has been missing for nearly 30 years. Rising global temperatures threaten to end human civilisation as we know it. Meanwhile, the president has just made contact with an alternate universe— a utopian version of earth that prevented its own global warming long ago. Through time and space, the alternate universe has sent a…