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Topic Modeling The Red Pill

Independent Researcher, Brighton BN1 4SG, UK
Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(3), 42;
Received: 10 December 2017 / Revised: 27 February 2018 / Accepted: 1 March 2018 / Published: 9 March 2018
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The Men’s Rights Activism (MRA) movement and its sub-movement The Red Pill (TRP), has flourished online, offering support and advice to men who feel their masculinity is being challenged by societal shifts. Whilst some insightful studies have been carried out, the small samples analysed by researchers limits the scope of studies, which is small compared to the large amounts of data that TRP produces. By extracting a significant quantity of content from a prominent MRA website, (RoK), whose creator is one of the most prominent figures in the manosphere and who has been featured in multiple studies. Research already completed can be expanded upon with topic modelling and neural networked machine learning, computational analysis that is proposed to augment methodologies of open coding by automatically and unbiasedly analysing conceptual clusters. The successes and limitations of this computational methodology shed light on its further uses in sociological research and has answered the question: What can topic modeling demonstrate about the men’s rights activism movement’s prescriptive masculinity? This methodology not only proved that it could replicate the results of a previous study, but also delivered insights into an increasingly political focus within TRP, and deeper perspectives into the concepts identified within the movement. View Full-Text
Keywords: machine learning; digital humanities; men’s rights activism; masculinities; online communities machine learning; digital humanities; men’s rights activism; masculinities; online communities

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    Doi: 10.5281/zenodo.1168790
    Description: Full corpus, dictionary, LDA object and Word2vec vector objects have been made available online.

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