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The Indonesian earthquake in the news

The Indonesian earthquake in the news

This post should not be seen as a complete analysis, but rather as a scratch on the surface. I use this space to begin exploring certain ideas, concepts, and practices that structure the way we learn about current events. I am becoming more interested in how narratives are constructed, and how certain power dynamics find their way into the public sphere through the media. For me, the media oftentimes no longer is just a tool for meaning-making, but functions to…

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Mass shootings won’t change gun policies.

Mass shootings won’t change gun policies.

Reading the news yesterday morning, I found out about another shooting in the US – a tragedy that seemingly happens every couple weeks now. When I then looked at different news sources on Twitter and how people responded to the news, all I could think was ‘these people are talking past each other with no chance of reaching their opponents’. The reason for this was, seeing that gun policy is a highly ideological and polarizing topic, that each party made…

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Facebook and the Echo Chamber of Secrets

Facebook and the Echo Chamber of Secrets

Since the 2016 election kicked off, the term ‘echo chamber’ has been dropped more times than Casey Neistat has dropped his camera over the course of his vlog. The concept of an echo chamber describes a closed system, where information, beliefs, and/or opinions that comply with personal preferences are augmented and reinforced. Opposing views, however, are often marginalized or neglected from any sort of thought process or aspect of life. Being exposed to highly one-sided information that strengthens personal beliefs,…

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