Did You See the TikTok about Macron?
Do we need to be fluent in memes to keep up with political discourse? Cheese, bread and food in general – the French might be experts in cuisine but whatRead More
Who has the power to t/sell the truth?
How influential leaders bend the rules to their personal advantage… It isn’t everyday that the leader, or in this case former leader, of a nation starts a social media frenzyRead More
Hiding in plain sight
Is the modern media landscape undermining our ability to detect and punish malicious leaders? “You can fool part of the people some of the time, you can fool some ofRead More
Women’s education ban in the eye of the storm: Afghanistan and the Taliban rule
Afghanistan is, once again, making headlines in international news. Although disappointing, it should not surprise us. It would be hypocritical to assume that, after the Taliban regime rose to power,Read More
Are we still masters of our own fate?
“Common sense prevailed.” San Francisco supervisor Hillary Ronen used these words to praise the vote on Police-operated “killer-robots”. Citizens protested after it was announced that the San Francisco police departmentRead More
Eating Frikandel Speciaal and Drinking Chocomel is Activism
Enjoying a frikandel speciaal with a nice glass of Chocomel might sound like a quick and easy lunch the Dutch way. But can it be an act of activism? HowRead More
Death, Destruction and Demise: Are we Losing the Ability to Feel?
Every day the number rose. Another death, another loved one, and yet just another number on a tv screen or headline. Quarantine and daily life throughout the COVID-19 pandemic wasRead More
Halloween festivities show Government Complexities
156. 156 is the number of people currently confirmed to have lost their lives in the huge crowd crush that took place last month in Seoul, South Korea. This gruesomeRead More
Is an ‘idiot-proof’-world making us behave like idiots?
A recent article I read by psychologist Thijs Launspach got me thinking: if the world is designed to help us and cater to our needs whenever we want, will our ability to think for ourselves eventually diminish? Put in other words: will an ‘idiot-proof’ world turn us into idiots?Read More
Depp v. Heard: The Bandwagon Nature of Public Opinion
If you have been anywhere near social media since the beginning of April, I can assume that you’ve heard of the ongoing defamation trial between John C. Depp, II andRead More