Closing the years 2009-2010

Because I don't exactly know anymore when I started my own website, both the years 2009 and 2010 have been labelled as celebrating 10 years of blogging. In the last two years I tried to re-direct this site into more like a public anthropology website. A process that started in 2009 with the post Public Anthropology - 10 years from Researchpages to Closer (1999/2000-2009/2010). In this post I revie Continue Reading →

The politics of pleasure – The digital story of the nativity

There are several funny videos on Youtube depicting the story of the nativity by using Facebook and/or other social media updates. By foregrounding particular identities, hegemonies and politics while marginalizing others, the Internet reproduces geo-political but also racial, gender and sexual privileges while at the very same time for example Facebook's rhetoric suggests that we can connect worl Continue Reading →

Gülenbeweging brengt in Tweede Kamer SP en PVV nader tot elkaar

Het kabinet stuurde deze week een rapport naar de Tweede Kamer over de Gülenbeweging, die de afgelopen weken weer in de publieke aandacht was geweest met alarmerende krantenberichten. De Gülenbeweging is de snelst groeiende Turks-islamitische beweging en is tegenwoordig in een honderdtal landen actief. Het rapport, werd donderdag behandeld in een spoeddebat met minister Donner, dat was aangevraa Continue Reading →

Wikileaks: Wikivism, Anarchism and the State

What Wikileaks does is to break the secrets of states so they become open for public deliberation. This action and the counter-reaction of states therefore tell us something about the the limits and extent of state power with regard to Internet activism. Although in general the revolutionairy potential of the Internet appears to be rather limited, in this case the Internet can be a substitute for Continue Reading →