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Deepfake Atmospheres and Digital Crowds

Deepfake Atmospheres and Digital Crowds

It has not been a good year for crowds. Around the globe, concert halls are silent; stadia, empty. The decibel level of humanity is very likely at a century low. Throughout the world televised sports—a commercial enterprise for whom...

Body positivity on the Instagram

The human psyche is shaped by the influence from the society, its cultural influence. There is a strong cultural connection between perfect body weight, “thin ideal’ to a definition of female beauty. This blog post purpose is to show...

Call for Applications – MA in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam

One-year and two-year international Master’s programs in New Media available: MA Media Studies: New Media and Digital Culture (one year, full time) Research MA Media Studies: New Media and Digital Culture (two years, full time) MA New Media and...
Public Safety in the Year of Unprecedented Times: An Intervention on Government Sanctioned Covid-19 Data Visualization

Public Safety in the Year of Unprecedented Times: An Intervention on Government Sanctioned Covid-19 Data Visualization

 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread globally, most governments have launched national ‘corona dashboards’ via public health organisations on which they keep track of the (rising) case numbers and attempt to visualize the spread of the virus in...
Nazi Furs F*ck Off: Reclaiming online spaces in the age of political fandom

Nazi Furs F*ck Off: Reclaiming online spaces in the age of political fandom

Culture wars never change. Nazifur metapolitics VS queer furry hegemony. Who will win? Not the fascists.
Conspiracy theories in the digital world –  How does the digital language surrounding QAnon conspiracy theories differ on platforms such as Twitter and Reddit through the lens of “Face” and “Mask” culture?

Conspiracy theories in the digital world – How does the digital language surrounding QAnon conspiracy theories differ on platforms such as Twitter and Reddit through the lens of “Face” and “Mask” culture?

Authors: Christian R. , Doortje N., Lara., Sara N. Conspiracy theories are in no way something new and have, in fact, already been circulating and believed for a long time, some of the most famous examples being the conspiracy...
Artland: A platform-analysis on the democratization of the art world fostered by an online art market

Artland: A platform-analysis on the democratization of the art world fostered by an online art market

In a more and more digitalized world and with the rise of COVID-19, cultural institutions like galleries and museums have been constrained to explore alternative digital areas, and so does the art market. But how does this digitalization of...
GIF me a Fan: An analysis on fan-group creative collective culture through the use of GIFs

GIF me a Fan: An analysis on fan-group creative collective culture through the use of GIFs

By Dania Elahi, Lisa Lan, Nahal Sheikh Introduction Who doesn’t love GIFs? There is something magical about this looping animation clip that grabs our attention and makes us all addicted. This visual communication tool has become the ubiquitous visual...
Unearthing Spotify: the hidden world behind everyday plays

Unearthing Spotify: the hidden world behind everyday plays

Do you listen to music every day? Do you remember how you listened to music a few years ago? Facing the collapsed traditional music industry, Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, with almost 300 million...
Zoom-ing in on Online Education: Digital Infrastructure as an Extension

Zoom-ing in on Online Education: Digital Infrastructure as an Extension

The year 2020 has brought about significant change in almost all areas of life as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Video conferencing services, such as Zoom, have become a perceived replacement for workspaces, social interaction environments, and even...
How “Trump COVID-19” Provides Different Search Results on Google and Baidu?

How “Trump COVID-19” Provides Different Search Results on Google and Baidu?

If you search “Trump COVID-19" on Google and Baidu, what do you think the search results will look like? Are they almost the same or completely different? This blog post will show you the answer.
Only[Adult]Fans: Affording Digital Sex Work

Only[Adult]Fans: Affording Digital Sex Work

In a time when many were either let go from their job or suffering from lack of human contact during isolation, one online service which mends both of these issues in differing ways  – for reasons we will investigate further...

Fighting Fire with Fire: Can AI Prevent Calamitous Misuse of Deepfake?

Members: Neelesh Vasistha — neelesh.vasistha@student.uva.nl Sarah Burkhardt — sarah.burkhardt@student.uva.nl Wen Li — wen.li@student.uva.nl Sofia Rastelli — sofia.rastelli@student.uva.nl It is late evening on November 2nd, the night before U.S citizens will vote in a pivotal election. You’re sitting at home,...
Draw me like one of your French boys

Draw me like one of your French boys

Activism against online sexual harassment As the digital era has made former consumers into prosumers; creating, editing, liking, disliking, saving and sharing content around the clock, life’s perks and detriments have mutated into the online realm too. With the...
A Digital Army in a Multidimensional Infowar: the QAnon hyperconspiracy, platform tribalism and beyond the reality principle

A Digital Army in a Multidimensional Infowar: the QAnon hyperconspiracy, platform tribalism and beyond the reality principle

Nothing is true, everything is possible Nothing is possible, everything is true. Using the technogenesis of QAnon as case study, we introduce hyperconspiracy as emergent and distributed new media object.
Is Performative Activism bad?

Is Performative Activism bad?

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world listened to an ongoing battle of police brutality and racially motivated violence against black people. The video of police killing George Floyd went viral on Instagram and Twitter, followed by countless black squares...

Cloud computing: Shadow, the line between privacy and illegality

With the introduction of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu or Disney+ a new era of  cloud computing emerged. After the already existing cloud storage services, for example GoogleDrive, you now too can stream your favorite films through the...
Leading the fight against coronavirus, the State…or Apple and Google?

Leading the fight against coronavirus, the State…or Apple and Google?

Figure one: Getty Images. TraceTogether Phone Image. 17 Apr. 2020, https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52325352. In the month of March, as more than half the world’s population headed into lockdown, internet privacy campaigner Maciej Cegłowski released his relatively worryingly titled article “We Need...

‘Reinventing the wheel’ – how online activism and e-bikes reduce the carbon footprint

Abstract: E-bikes are becoming an element of the clicktivism culture and by appearing eco-friendly they propose activist solutions to only a small group of people. This paper analyses the implications of e-bikes, how they help to develop a low-effort...
Arcturian Supernova: Hyper-real religions and the future of belief

Arcturian Supernova: Hyper-real religions and the future of belief

This entry aims to shine a light on hyper-real religions—digitally mediated religions that are born in a digital medium and aggregate pop-culture elements in their spiritual doctrines (Possamai). This will be done by presenting the “Artcturians” Facebook group as...
Live-Stream Shopping: The Future of E-Commerce?

Live-Stream Shopping: The Future of E-Commerce?

In the era of e-commerce, did you imagine that one day we can buy a Maserati, a house, or even a rocket launch service on our smartphones? Don’t be surprised. It is certainly happening on the live-stream shopping platforms...
Help the food delivery couriers out: would you like to wait 5 more minutes ?

Help the food delivery couriers out: would you like to wait 5 more minutes ?

The food delivery frenzy China has the largest food delivery services market in the world, which is expected to exceed 300 billion Yuan in 2020. The market is a duopoly, dominated by two platforms – Ele.me and Meituan, respectively owned...
We have Fans at Home: Artists x Twitch Streaming

We have Fans at Home: Artists x Twitch Streaming

Thanks to the pandemic, Artists on Twitch is an emerging subculture that utilises the platforms affordances to provide a candid intimated experience for fans, while being able to receive support simultaneously. As always, while individuals are creating content for...

TikTok, it’s Trump O’Clock: Discussing the Motivations Behind Banning Popular Platform

Abstract: Following the banning of TikTok on US-based online mobile app stores, I argue that, rather than privacy, TikTok is being banned because the platform threatens the Trump administration. It poses a threat since the app is not owned...