Introduction

How does TikTok re-write the world?

The Gazing Machine

Lilian Stolk diving into TikTok’s machine learning recommendation algorithm.

The Great American Meme Off – Democrats vs. Trumpists on TikTok

Josephine Oettle exploring how the 2020 US elections shaped the new meme war on TikTok.

Josephine Oettle is a freelance writer and communication specialist, who completed her master’s degree in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam in 2020. As a researcher in new media and digital culture, she specializes on TikTok, popular & youth culture and (political) subcultures online.

Perfect Sync: Mapping TikToks through video collage

Sjef van Beers creating video collages to map the world of TikTok.

Sjef van Beers is an artist whose work focuses on technology and the internet. He looks for loopholes in the digital media we use on a daily basis to dissect and rearrange them. 

Introduction

What makes Facebook so powerful?

The Family Man as CEO: Mark Zuckerberg Instagram Analysis

In this article writer Kate Imbach analyses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Instagram account.

Kate Imbach is an American writer living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her work has appeared in Quartz, The Toronto Star, FD Persoonlijk and many other publications. Previously, she worked at a number of technology startups in Boston and Silicon Valley.  She completed a Master’s in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the New York University Writer’s Workshop in Paris in 2019. 

Thanks to Facebook…

An article that highlights the potential of Facebook’s platforms, including interviews with Lisa Gliederpuppe, The Kissenger Twins and an analysis of @calloutdutchartinstitutions

Introduction

What does the increase in the use of facial recognition systems mean for our society?

The Self Design Committee: How a face filter might or might not democratize self-design

In our image contribution, designer Noam Youngrak Son moves away from the selfie as an individual experience and explores the creation of a multiplicious identity.

Noam Youngrak Son inscribes myths for the underrepresented in various mediums, from books to performances to 3D printed sex toys. They are excited about the unexpectedness that a well-designed fiction can open up, and the critical political discussions that it may cultivate. They use their capability as a designer to visualize and materialize the setup for the technological & ecological bodies in their fiction to play roles in.

Introduction

How has the role of the internet changed in this time of self isolation?