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Fighting Misinformation: Google vs. The Internet

The internet is full of garbage, you know it, I know it, let’s not kid ourselves. Anti-vaccination websites get to the first page of Google and factual inaccurate “news” stories spread like wildfire, while pictures of “Blue and Gold Dresses” dominate Facebook and fast-track news websites. In a world where most of our information is gathered on the internet, misinformation ... Read More »

Not so ‘Frently’: Student-Landlord Relations in Groningen

An independent life in a city of Groningen inevitably grants one abundant circumstances to substantiate the difficulties that follow after settling in. The complexities of managing one’s household expose unfairness with which the majority of students are being treated. According to Frently – a company established to assist students in the event of  such disagreements – over 10 000 students in ... Read More »

BOOK REVIEW: Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton

  Hillary Clinton’s autobiography on her experiences as American Secretary of State under President Obama can primarily be characterized as patriotic and a political work in preparation for Clinton’s second run for the U.S. presidency. Without neglecting mistakes made in the past by US officials, Clinton observes the world she lives and operates in. She does so as is requested ... Read More »

Ideology matters?!?

What we experience in Europe is the emergence of smaller parties. Some of them extremist right or left-wing others with a core topic but without a homogenous ideological direction. However, generally speaking ideology plays an important role for smaller parties in order to establish themselves in the political landscape. That makes it even more surprising that Alexis Tsipras, the newly ... Read More »

Quill and Ink versus Power Politics: The Continuation of the Cold War Era

Nothing conclusive has yet taken place in the world. For this reason, uncertainty about the future should not be comprehended in a negative fashion. The majority of great people that significantly contributed to the conduct of international affairs did not know where their path led. Konstantin von Eggert is one of them. His career achievements and attitude towards Russia’s current ... Read More »

The Market Dynamics of University

The way we gain our academic knowledge is changing. We are no longer students, but consumers. Universities are no longer arenas of knowledge sharing and transferral, but profit-seeking suppliers. The goal of enrolling oneself in university has shifted from self-refinement to being sketched against a cost-benefit analysis of financial input and resume accreditation. This change is explainable, perhaps unavoidable even, ... Read More »

The mute debate…

…and a common market generating GDP of 32,000,000,000,000 dollars. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement, in short TTIP, is the biggest trade deal the EU has ever negotiated and it could greatly influence daily life on both sides of the Atlantic. However, the subject matter of this transatlantic market and removal of trade barriers has not been prominent in ... Read More »

The Canons of Journalism: Presenting the ‘Truth’ or Violating the Ethical Norms?

Providing explicit frameworks of explanation, as well tacit understandings based on associations of ideas, evoking images, shaping the natural chains of thought – these are the principal characteristics of the mass media. The preservation of democratic values and commitment to fairness, however, are slowly vanishing from our comprehension about journalism. The cause of this phenomenon can be referred to the ... Read More »

Vita Activa

There is an inscription on Athens’s ancient city wall which claims that ‘The man with no public business has no business’. Greek ancient philosophy asserts that someone who is ignorant towards public affairs can be considered as being an idiot – an uneducated and self-centered person. However, it is comforting to know that in the same Athenian democracy, idiots were ... Read More »

Who to blame for the “European Dictatorship”

Many European countries experience a drastic increase in far-right and anti-EU political parties. Politicians like Geert Wilders, Marie Le Pen and Heinz-Christian Strache profit from their prominent media appearances and the tiredness of many EU citizens that do not grasp the far-away Brussels bureaucracy. The upcoming elections in May might change the scene and produce a more nationally focused Union. ... Read More »