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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…

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…

Cyberbullying: Will It Ever Go Away?

With the increase of our time online, the fact that cyberbullying cases have increased should not come as a surprise. But what makes it different than physical bullying? And what can we do to stop it? Cyberbullying vs Traditional Bully Most of us will probably know what cyberbullying is. But besides the main, obvious difference between cyberbullying and traditional bullying – one…

Social Media as a powerful modern establishment

Political, military, and economic news has always been a major part of the everyday life of any society. Even my family including grandparents on both sides and my parents always started and still start their mornings not with a cup of coffee but with fresh news, be it in the newspaper or a morning program on TV.  Technological progress, innovations and modern…

A Marriage from Hell

Written by: Akif Aliyev Its 9am on a March morning when I wake up and instinctively roll to my side, pick up my phone and begin my morning routine of mindless social media scrolling just like millions of others around the world. A practice so regular and subconscious at this point that one seldom questions why this must be the very first…