Spy on your own text: in-class exercise
Bring to class: your essay #5 on Edward Snowden -- digital, Word (not pdf), email attachment or on a flash drive.
Access Voyant Tools here: https://voyant-tools.org/
"Voyant Tools is an open-source, web-based application for performing text analysis. It supports scholarly reading and interpretation of texts or corpus, particularly by scholars in the digital humanities, but also by students and the general public. It can be used to analyze online texts or ones uploaded by users." (Wikipedia)
Voyant comprises about two dozen text analysis tools such as bubble diagrams, word frequencies, cloud visualizations, and words in context.
You'll produce a customized word cloud and reflect on this view of your own writing. In class, we'll display all of your results, and compare and reflect on the collective set.
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Optional background on text analysis and visualization
Vintage: listen to New York Times reporter Andy Lehren speak about working with the Wikileaks data (from the Online Journalism blog: Andy Lehren and Sarah Cohen speak at a 2011 conference on working with data from Wikileaks and on various textmining tools)
"Text Analysis and Visualization," by Geoffrey Rockwell and Stefan Sinclair, in A New Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth (2016). Rockwell (McGill University) and Sinclair (University of Alberta) are the creators of Voyant Tools.
"Close and Distant Reading Modernism," by Jeffrey Drouin (2014 JSTOR)
Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian's Macroscope, by Shawn Graham and others. Olin Library D16.117 .G73 2016