Caught in a spiral of silence. Who really tells us what to think about?

In the past, researchers thought that the media are all-powerful! They assumed that we are all the same, and that we all respond to the same messages in the same way. This effect was called the hypodermic needle, suggesting that messages are injected directly into our brain. You can check out more about the theory here. Today, researches are much…

Cultural hybrids: the nomads of modern society

Cultural hybrids are people who lived in- and experienced several different cultures. Unlike a ‘normal’ person, their identity is constructed as a combination of these different cultural backgrounds. With that, their existance drastically challenges mainstream culture, in that they are able to see issues in a much more balanced, and culturally relativist way. They do not just assume that their values are…

The Question of Multiculturalism: should we strive towards it?

In 2010, German chancellor Angela Merkel held a speech in which she declared that ‘multikulti’ is dead, it has failed. With that, she refers to the idea of multiculturalism, according to which people of different cultural backgrounds live together in one society. In other words, it is the institutionalization of diversity. So, what she is talking about, is that instead of…