I was fascinated by my colleague Julia Silge’s recent blog post on what verbs tend to occur after “he” or “she” in several novels, and what they might imply about gender roles within fictional work. This made me wonder what trends could be found across a larger dataset of stories.
Mark Riedl’s Wikipedia plots dataset that I examined in yesterday’s post offers a great opportunity to analyze this question. The dataset contains over 100,000 descriptions of plots from films, novels, TV shows, and video games. The stories span centuries and come from tens of thousands of authors, but the descriptions are written by a modern audience, which means we can quantify gender roles across a wide variety of genres. Since the dataset contains plot descriptions rather than primary sources, it’s also more about what happens at than how an author describes the work: we’re less likely to see “thinks” or “says”, but more likely to see “shoots” or “escapes”.
Monthly Archive: April 2017
The second half of our boggling at the big tentpole movies coming out this summer.
It’s not all America. But okay, a lot of it is.
On Tuesday night, three-fourths of the Oneders-turned-Wonders — heartthrob singer Jimmy Mattingly (Johnathon Schaech), unnamed bass player The Bass Player (Ethan Embry), and drummer Guy “Shades” Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) — reunited at the...
As I watch the Trump Administration deteriorate into the political equivalent of the Fyre Festival, my thoughts naturally turn to Machiavelli.
Generating the Perfect Party in Icewind Dale
Iron Fist may not be good, but it’s really not that bad.
On Earth and beyond…
This week on Play All The Nintendo – Baseball Stars, Baseball Stars 2 and Bases Loaded.
The world as it sees US.
Some modest suggestions to revive moribund symphonies and orchestras.
Is closing the gender gap sexist? Also, Freddie on Girls and a defense of the alpha female.
Sometimes nuclear medicine technicians say the darnedest things…
Behold, the West Virginia Miracle, nonwhite ruralia, and how God delivered rain to California.
Join the crew of Mon Tiki Largo as she sails from the Chesapeake Bay to New York City and on to Montauk New York.
Pitch in for Science!
Always play your internet at a reasonable volume.