Like Frank Herbert’s Dune? Yeah me too. Want to understand more about the political machinations and structure building with a little bit of that sweet sweet time hijinks? Well you came to the right place. Rudd questions whether the history that Muad’Dib creates and builds his empire within if linier and how we can best understand the way he adapts his predesessing emporor’s empire.
Fun the whole race-concious family!!
Rudd, Amanda M. “Paul’s Empire: Imperialism and Assemblage Theory in Frank Herbert’s Dune.” MOSF Journal of Science Fiction 1, no. 1 (2016).
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Ad blocking is a big deal. It’s had it’s time in European Court and has been ruled legal but what is the impact it’s making on our online society? This paper asks what if 40% of diners at a restaurant just walked out and didn’t pay in the same way 40 ish % of people don’t consume advertisements? But first a word from our sponsors …
Shiller, Benjamin, Joel Waldfogel, and Johnny Ryan. “The effect of ad blocking on website traffic and quality.” The RAND Journal of Economics 49, no. 1 (2018): 43-63.
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I downloaded this paper in a batch, looking for quant-linguistics on masculine talk and discourse. On skimming the abstract I was put off at the lack of corpus scope but after reading I was reminded of the importance of reference papers.
These are papers where you can scalp a whole bunch of useful info to use in your future research, even if the paper in question is of negligible use.
Kiesling, Scott Fabius. “Homosocial desire in men’s talk: Balancing and re-creating cultural discourses of masculinity.” Language in Society 34, no. 5 (2005): 695-726.
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In this paper, Seto proposes that pedophilia, that is currently thought of as a conscious choice, is actually closer in it’s patterns to a sexual orientation. He acknowledges that this is a pretty out there. With convincing comparisons with regards to the onset, the romantic behaviour and the stability of pedophilia, Seto is able to build a case that challenges current ways of thinking but leaves some ethical questions in the mouth.
Why am I covering it? Because as Seto mentions early in the paper, pedophilia is predominantly a masculine infliction.
Seto, Michael C. “Is pedophilia a sexual orientation?.” Archives of sexual behavior 41, no. 1 (2012): 231-236.
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Whilst they may be old news, PickUp Artists (PUA) are the forefathers of The Red Pill, MGTOW and most of the modern post-hegemonic masculinities. The homosocial space based on self improvement proved so persuasive and topical that PUA were able to host TV shows, and have their methodologies accepted into dating cannon (because that’s totally a thing).
Hendricks asked what makes PUA tick, what are the core values and how is it similar to other movements. We’ve seen the inner workings and context of PUA in Nerds and Their Discontent but now it’s time to situate their values within self-help.
Hendriks, Eric C. “Ascetic Hedonism: self and sexual conquest in the seduction community.” Cultural Analysis 11 (2012): 1-16.
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Ever wondered how to make your lot in life better? If you’re a nerd then odds are you feel somewhat out of the love loop… what if there was an expensive program that could tell you how to objectify women and yet also have more sex?
Let’s look into the fun world of PUA and it’s link to nerd culture.
Almog, Ran, and Danny Kaplan. “The nerd and his discontent: The seduction community and the logic of the game as a geeky solution to the challenges of young masculinity.” Men and Masculinities 20, no. 1 (2017): 27-48.
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You know that feeling when you’ve got a kickass linguistics model but just showing the text outputs to your boss/partner/mother just isnt getting the reaction that you wanted? I do. I’ve just finished putting together a manuscript using data data models just like this to submit to journals and wanted to share some of the visualisations with you in case you were at a loss like I was.
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Regardless of whether you code in R or not, this is a great paper. It breaks down the processes and ideas that you’ll use in topic modeling and data pre-processing into clear steps with just enough maths that you’ll be wishing you took it for a-level!
Great paper, read it.
Karl, A., Wisnowski, J., & Rushing, W. H. (2015). A practical guide to text mining with topic extraction. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, 7(5), 326-340.
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Always wanted to bedazzle your friends with personality insights from their writing but didn’t have the money for a Watson api? Were you like me and hoping for some insights on how to use corpora for sociological research? Well buckle up, there’s a paper here for you!
Argamon, S., Koppel, M., Pennebaker, J. W., & Schler, J. (2009). Automatically profiling the author of an anonymous text. Communications of the ACM, 52(2), 119-123.
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So I’m sure you’re totally interested in what I do at work BUT this is a cute, pretty and clever… I think!
So the notebook is here on my github but here are some of the highlights that I’m really happy with.
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