Visual Data

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Using distant-reading and data visualization techniques outlined in Derek N. Mueller’s Network Sense, I created the below visualizations to pull out key topics and ideas as represented in two recent  issues of The Journal of Media Ethics and the Journal of Media Law and Ethics.

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The complete data set (which can be downloaded) has nearly 2000 entries — tracking words and phrases across multiple journal abstracts. I tracked and visualized WORD OCCURRENCEas well as FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE in relation to keywords from article abstracts. The data-set was small, but it revealed pattern-clustering around common phrases and ideas, detailed below.

Clicking on the any of these images will maximize the image in your browser window (the files are rather large). Keyword rankings reveal primary interest in: journalism, legality, ethics, privacy, social media, practical making, exposure, and more.

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These distant-reading infographics reveal words, phrases, and ideas worth mentioning.

"Platforms," "transparency," "post-conventional" are ranked high. Besides single words, I also tracked two-word phrases (here).

Popular phrases include "social media," "public relations," "post-conventional reasoning," "decision making," "social responsibility."

Note: This project shows what is being discussed in media ethics (at least in the popular academic journals).