Methodology for Mapping Project

In this post, I will describe the process of bringing tweets from over the past year into a single heat map with interactive (clickable) tweets displaying more information. Most importantly perhaps, in what follows I will also readily discuss the flaws and problems of the methodology, in order to hopefully gain some insights into how […]

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A Digital (N)Ethnographic Journey through the Roots and Routes of Boylesque

Self-identified male bodies in burlesque has a history that goes further back than is normally considered in accounts of burlesque history and are an under-theorized absence in nearly all accounts of burlesque within Theatre and Performance Studies. More general studies of striptease, as well, do not normally focus on male bodies with a few notable […]

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The Roots and Routes of Burlesque (Visualization)

This is a first draft of my visualization of the roots and routes of burlesque for my comprehensive exams. I will post a more fleshed out description of the visualization as soon as I have time (after I go in and write the exam on Wednesday this upcoming week). But I wanted to share with […]

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Frustration

I am making huge strides right now in relation to my second exam readings (I am almost entirely finished with my reading for two of the fields). Yet, I am also increasingly frustrated by something, which I assume is part of the idea of having a comprehensive exam in the first place: I am getting […]

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Friday Update: June 26

This has been an exciting week on many levels. Personally, despite not being a huge fanatic when it comes to marriage and all of that, Friday’s victory is a landmark victory for those who want to get married. And maybe now, finally, the LGBTQ movement can get on to bigger questions such as the awful […]

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The Roots and Routes of Burlesque and New Burlesque

Burlesque is a genre that seems to have had nine lives, and historians and critics have kept defending its legitimacy. It has repeatedly been declared dead, taken up again, re-performed, picked apart, scorned, and reclaimed. It has been defined as pure comedy, erotic entertainment intended solely for men, but also offensive, feminist, and a queer […]

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Trouble with Geotagging Tweets with Users

In my initial mapping project Boylesque in the Twitter World, I used TAGS to scrape tweets mentioning boylesque, then matched those tweets with their respective user and the user’s location (something TAGS can’t manage yet) via Twitter’s REST API. The method poses a number of problems, which I will describe in this blog post. Please […]

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