Kritische berichten over de coronamaatregelen in groepschats of via andere media zijn geen zeldenheid. Met het gevolg van polarisatie in onze samenleving. In deze bijdrage laat Fiore Geelhoed zien hoe er ondanks polarisatie tussen groepen ook interessante parallellen zichtbaar worden. Parallellen die de huidige discussie minder ‘uniek’ maken dan de betrokkenen lijken te geloven.
Tomorrow begins the European qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. At the same time, a report recently published in The Guardian revealed that thousands of migrant workers have died in Qatar over the course of preparations for the tournament. This blog post discusses this report in light of the wider context of corruption within the sport, and reflects on the nature and trajectory of professional world football going forward.
A few weeks ago, US President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on preventing online censorship, which could significantly affect how social media platforms govern the content of their users. In this blog post, Amr Marzouk draws on the latest Trump-Twitter feud to explore challenges surrounding online censorship, 'fake news', and the growing influence of Big Tech. It argues that Trump’s recent Executive Order serves to worsen, rather than address, these important challenges.
“Keeping it real” is considered to be one of rap’s mantras and reflects the musical genre’s longstanding and complex relation with authenticity. The authenticity of rap artists – or “realness”, to put it into rap and street vernacular – tends to hinge on whether rappers (still) have a connection to the streets. In this blog post, Robby Roks reflects on the recent controversy surrounding Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine to explore the performativity of street credibility, and the intertwinement of rap music, the streets, gangs, violence, and law enforcement agencies.
In this blog post, Anna Merz explores the 2019 film Dark Waters from a criminological perspective. Based on the New York Times Magazine’s article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare”, the film portrays attorney Rob Bilott (starred by Mark Ruffalo) and his legal fight against chemical giant DuPont for knowingly polluting the environment and endangering workers and society’s health. Dark Waters provides insights into the power struggle as a natural corollary of corporate crimes and the pitfalls of (self-)regulation.
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