(correction, there are slightly over 1,000 threads which feature some kind of term related to women or femininity)
(this is only the first 50 threads--the drop off continues gradually for another 100 or so threads)
Like...there's a pretty dramatic drop off in references to terms relating to women and femininity but I can't think of a way to justifiably exclude threads.
I wish coding my data wasn't like quicksand.
Dismissing other peoples' doubts/concerns about research/writing/class work/teaching as imposter syndrome etc. seems kind of bad but I haven't put much thought into this
I have a very small amount of days to come up with a Methodology, oh no
Me: It went well.
My imposter syndrome: My committee only said nice things to me because they knew I would cry otherwise.
I defended the proposal
Ominously, it is also Foucault and Nietzsche's birthday.
Today, I defend my thesis proposal. Today.
I should probably start a research blog or something where I can dump my ideas, far away form the eyes of...anyone else.
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i.e. a user talks about a shared object in a way that conforms with prior texts NOT to construct a visible identity as "belonging" or "white male," whatever, but, rather, talking about a shared object in a normative way creates a more or less negative identity--a not-acknowledge identity--whereas talking in a counter-hegemonic way about a shared object brands one as an unacceptable identity position.
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Anyways, the current working theory is...pretty boring and not at all what my lit review/methods set out to identify--specifically, I was looking for instances of repetition and intertextuality. In a sense, I THINK that's still relevant, but not at all in the way I was expecting.
So, rather than intertextuality being used to construct identity in a positive sense, it's more that it creates it in a negative sense...
E.g. in a thread about women's rights, the other is women in general (with varying degrees of specific tropes, e.g. black women, white women, SJW women, etc.)
Anyone who disagrees with the dominant narrative of the thread is harassed AS that other regardless of poster's constructed or actual identity.
Initial theory: identity is constructed/attributed through demonstration of knowledge concerning communal objects/topics
Current theory: 4chan users randomly attribute negative identities to others' they disagree with depending on who the Other is for the given topic
Things I know: identity construction happens
Things I definitely do not know: how that identity construction happens
I think analyzing an archive of 3000+ 4chan threads in an attempt to identify methods of identity construction in an anonymous environment MAY have been over ambitious for my first real research project...
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