Commemorating the Black Lives Matter movement through street art – A case study approach

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Introduction When we think about the role of museums or archives, one of the first things that come to mind is the preservation of the past. Traditionally, these institutions have claimed the task of deciding which objects represent different cultural moments and how they are presented. However, driven through the digital turn, other, vernacular forms of commemoration have gained in importance and have started to […]

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Multimodal Literacy: How we make meaning of the world

Introduction If we are watching a movie on Netflix or posting a photo to our Facebook feed, we are consuming and producing what some academic scholars call “multimodal” content. Modality or mode refers to “a means for making meaning” (Jewitt, Bezemer & O’Halloran, 2016, p.2). In other words, the ways in which we are expressing knowledge and information, such as through language, image, gesture etc. […]

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Reflection post II


As another two months have passed, we are nearing the end of the second period. However, shortly before the Christmas break there is still a lot to do: The last few tutorials have to be prepared, group projects have to get finished (look out for that in the next few posts) and last but not least, exams have to be completed. In this post I […]

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Distant reading: Affordances and Constraints


What is it? The term ‘distant reading’ was introduced by Franco Moretti, an Italian literary scholar, and describes a form of text analysis. In distant reading, large quantities of literature are analyzed using algorithms and statistical tools. It is an approach that stands in contrast to close reading, the thorough interpretation of text, which we are usually talking about when we speak of reading a […]

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Why we should be cautious about “Cancel Culture”


What is Cancel Culture? The term “Cancel Culture” refers to a type of social boycott. It is an attack on the reputation of the person targeted and a call to stop supporting them (with attention and money). Cancellation is a social phenomenon that happens in all cultures and isn’t necessarily new. However, in the age of social media, the scope of it has expanded. Online, […]

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The concept of the digital public sphere: The case of Twitter

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In last week’s tutorial, we discussed the theme of digital public spheres. In the words of German philosopher Jürgen Habermas, the public sphere is “a realm of our social life in which something approaching public opinion can be formed. Access is guaranteed to all citizens. A portion of the public sphere comes into being in every conversation in which private individuals assemble to form a […]

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Gallery view: A phenomenological Anecdote

For the course Real Virtualities we had an assignment to write about our experience of online education. This is my result: I’m in my room, alone, looking at the faces of my classmates on the Laptop screen in front of me. I’m expecting someone to raise their hand, unmute themselves and start speaking, but no one does. There is no whispering or rustling, just complete […]

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Final paper: Surveillance practices and imaginaries on Facebook

If you wanted to investigate your future supervisor before starting a new job, or check up on a long-lost friend, the easiest way to do so would probably be to look at their social media accounts. With the dissemination of social media like Facebook, it has become normalized to share personal information with other users. Many people even engage in this behaviour, knowingly that their […]

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Reflection of Period One

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In one week from now I will submit my final papers for the two courses ‘Real Virtualities’ and ‘Transformations in Digital Cultures’ and thereby finish period one of the master’s program. As the end approaches, we are asked to reflect on our learning experiences of these first few weeks, which is what I will attend to do here. Real Virtualities: The topics and thus also […]

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