My Experience Live-Tweeting Sci-Fi

Ultimately the future tends to be painted with a sly, dystopian brush; science fiction films invite their audience to feel coldly uncomfortable about what’s to come – albeit with questionable accuracy! Science fiction media are marketed as futuristic, but effectively capture the present instead.  There’s something hugely ironic about live-tweeting (i.e. in the present) science-fiction […]

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Research Reflection

Hello and welcome back! Thirteen weeks later, my research on extracting data about feminism from Twitter is complete – but before I celebrate my last submitted assessment of the semester with a swagalicious, Obama-esque mic drop, I’m going to reflect on what I have learned about research practice in BCM212 this semester. A Brief Recap Last […]

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Obtaining Consent from an Invisible Audience

Obtaining consent is an ethical requirement of undertaking research, yet there is a gap in research ethics in terms of collecting online data. My research project (see my proposal here) involves the mass collection of tweets containing “#feminism” over three days to issue map feminism online. Unlike most other students in BCM212, who are setting […]

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Issue-Mapping Feminism on Twitter: Research Update

I have always been slightly frustrated at the notion of a ‘trending topic‘ on Twitter. Lots of people are tweeting about the same thing? SO WHAT? What does that tell us? What does it contribute to? BOOM! Just like that, my research topic was born. Recently I published this research proposal about issue-mapping the feminism discussion […]

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Research Proposal: Social Data Analysis of the Feminist Movement

My passion for digital media lies in its limitless nature. Entire conversations about a topic exist publicly online. There’s so much to be learned from these conversations, but generally analysis only goes so far to determine that a topic is trending, yet neglects to tell us what is really being said. Thus there is a gap […]

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May the Curators be Ever in your Favour

The packaging of information as a commodity is a declining paradigm as we move into a world where value is placed on the abundance of information rather than it’s quality. This means that collectively, we would rather receive a 140-word Twitter notification about a piece of breaking news from an unknown source than wait several hours […]

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