Masculinities in Cyberspace – Schmitz & Kazyak – Part 2 (Methodology)

Following on from last week’s methodology, the time has come to talk about findings! I’m really excited to talk about the findings here as they are attempting to bucket the methods and strategies that Men’s Rights Activists are using online both to create their own identities and to convince others by progressing their arguments. Their research questions were;

  • ” are the sampled MRA groups antithetical to feminism and the goals of gender equality?”
  • ” what strategies do online MRA groups utilize to delegitimize feminism and the goals of gender equality?”

Lets dive back in!

Schmitz, R. M., & Kazyak, E. (2016). Masculinities in Cyberspace: An Analysis of Portrayals of Manhood in Men’s Rights Activist Websites. Social Sciences5(2), 18.

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Masculinities in Cyberspace – Schmitz & Kazyak

You know me, I’m fascinated by masculinities online and when I came across this citation I just couldn’t resist! I’m usually a stickler for methodology in gender research but this paper really got me thinking. I’ll admit it’s not my perfect cup of tea…

But it’s pretty close!

Schmitz, R. M., & Kazyak, E. (2016). Masculinities in Cyberspace: An Analysis of Portrayals of Manhood in Men’s Rights Activist Websites. Social Sciences5(2), 18.

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The Mann-Whitney-Wilcoxon U-Test For Corpus Linguistics (Python)

I’m currently working on the analysis for the counter/analysis of the hypothesis proposed in this paper I read recently and I thought I might share back in how I’m the data do my bidding.

All cards on the table: I’m using Python 2.7 on a laptop with an i7 in it on a corpus of 14000 tweets pulled from a set of seed keywords that are linked to AAVE and a comparison corpus that is based on general Twitter usage.

Good? Good! I’ll start with the process, then cover some of the theory of why you’d use the Mann Whitney Wilcoxon, why it works in my case and then finally how it works!

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Information Retreival – Tzoukerman, Klavans, and Strzalkowski

How can we query a large database and get the most relevant text documents? What methodology displays the best results and what does this tell us about the nature of our language and our existing methodologies of research? Tell me honestly that none of those questions grabs your interest and I’ll call you a liar!

Tzoukerman, Klavans & Strzalkowski. “Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics.” Edited by R. Mitkov (2003).

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How to satisfy modern audiences’ search for authenticity – Kadirov, Varey and Wooliscroft

What is authenticity and why do audiences want it? This is one of the questions that Kadirov, Varey and Wooliscroft ask in their fascinating analysis of motivations, production processes and the ethics of modern marketing. Their findings are interesting, not because they are novel (I’ve come across them many times in the study the mediation of political economies) but because their findings are so critical to come out of the horses mouth itself.

Kadirov, D., Varey, R. J., & Wooliscroft, B. (2013). Authenticity: A macromarketing perspective. Journal of Macromarketing, 0276146713505774.

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‘Y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife – Mowlabocus

I initially chose this paper for the funny title but the actual themes in this paper are really cool. Mowlabocus brings in questions on mediation of information, the generally assumed links between safety and information and the place of mobile apps in the representation of serious data. The central question in this paper is examining what effect mobile apps for showing registered sex offender’s locations and data are having on their users.

Mowlabocus, S. (2015). ‘Y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife’: Mobile applications, risk and sex offender databases. New Media & Society, 1461444815593280.

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Is there an Epistemology for Patterns? – Dixon

I know this isn’t the paper that I teased at the end of last post but this is a really fascinating interdisciplinary article. It takes in themes from psychology, systems theory, and epistemology. It’s also a really easy read if you want to settle down and learn something about the digital humanities. I read it in Understanding digital humanities (Berry D. M. 2012) but it’s available online at a link that I’ll leave at the end of this post.

Dixon, D. (2012). Analysis tool or research methodology? Is there an epistemology for patterns?.

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