Tag: Media

Decentralization and Wikileaks: Opportunities and Challenges for Traditional News Platforms

"Wikileaks Logo - Illustration" by DonkeyHotey is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Wikileaks has become famous through publishing secret information. With its new and radical approach to the freedom of information, Wikileaks distinguishes itself from classical news organizations, but it does not exist completely separate from them. Wikileaks, for example, has only been able to gain such prominence and thereby such a huge audience because it collaborated with some of these traditional news platforms.…

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…

Governments using Social Media to Inform the Public (Summary)

Diverse forces impact the world at a consistently increasing speed, obliging us to rethink many concepts and relationships we thought given. Many phenomena are becoming more closely linked and a web of interdependence characterizes many contemporary events. Government and the state are still of great academic and practical importance to citizens that live in them, but their role as sovereign actors is…

LGBTQIA+ Media: A Short Blog

Now more than ever before, LGBTQIA+ people are represented in the media. Pictures of Drag Queens/Kings, pride flags, and coming out videos/posts have become so much more of a norm in Western society. These images are circulated, as any other image would be, through digital media. LGBTQIA+ representation is not only important for how queer people are seen and understood, yet is…

Fear of the Machines: Hollywood’s portrayal of A.Is

Last Friday I went to the cinema in the first time in forever, for a viewing of the most recent Terminator movie. As you probably know, the Terminator movie series tells the story of how the protagonist is being hunted by robots from a future in which an A.I gained consciousness and attempts to kill all humans. This 6th movie was not…

Who rules the world? English! Vol. 2

Welcome back to part 2 of my deep dive into the question if and why English is pushed as universal language in digital media. Last week, I elaborated on the omnipresence of English concerning memes, social media, digital advertisements and news. I wanted to leave some room for yourself to think about possible reasons why that could be the case and if…

Modern mythology

Nowadays there aren’t as many battles and raids as in the age of the Vikings, so naturally the way in which the norse Gods are portrayed has changed too. In an age of increasing globalization, religion has a much less central role in society as it used to. People in the West have access to social media are not usually living day-by-day,…