Media Manipulation, Disinformation, Fake News and the Alt-Right

Interestingly, this morning Donald Trump tweeted about fake news.

Tweets by Donald Trump on Saturday 28th March 2020

Even though the concept of fake news has been with us for hundreds of years, possibly thousands, the term and online phenomenon boomed during the run up to the US presidential election in 2016. Trump became king of fake news, memes and the use of twitter to communicate obscene and untrue messages. Continue reading “Media Manipulation, Disinformation, Fake News and the Alt-Right”

Group Post: The effects of Corona Virus on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

For most women’s organizations, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a magical part of the year, when they are granted access to the highest echelons of global policymaking. For two weeks, they organize side and parallel events, they participate in interactive dialogues with Member States and they lobby and advocate tirelessly. It is also an excellent opportunity for networking and building global coalitions on basically all issues that affect women – from economic independence to disability rights, combating violence against women and girls. Continue reading “Group Post: The effects of Corona Virus on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)”

#DisabledBeauties on Instagram: Beauty as a Tool for Activism

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I’m not sure how I stumbled across the profile and # but as a disability rights activist and a feminist, it caught my attention when I bumped into #DisabledBeauties on Instagram. At first, I thought it to be a healthy dose of self-love and recognition yet it really made me think… Continue reading “#DisabledBeauties on Instagram: Beauty as a Tool for Activism”

Food as ‘Old Media’ and the Refugee Food Festival

Orange peel, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, clover, parsley, mint, lavender…

Are you already smelling and/or tasting these ingredients? To what kind of dish would you add them? A main course? A dessert? Or a tea? Continue reading “Food as ‘Old Media’ and the Refugee Food Festival”

The Gendered Gaze / Sight as Objectification

On the surface, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can be seen as new ways to express oneself, engage in debate, share one’s views and to, in a certain sense, engage in democracy. Nevertheless, even technology comes imbedded with its cultural bias and social norms. It follows that minorities such as women, people of colour, LGBTQI+ and people living with disabilities are those most excluded out of the topic of debates and of the act of debating. Continue reading “The Gendered Gaze / Sight as Objectification”