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Media Content Analysis Topics For Essays

A content analysis method to measure critical thinking in face-to-face and computer supported group learning

The article in Interpersonal Computing and Technology from 1995 describes the development and application of a category system using indicators of critical and uncritical thinking.

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British Election Study 2001/02

As part of the study the press coverage of the 2001 election campaign has been analyzed. The initial release versions of the various datasets are available for downloading as is a document presenting some selected results.

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Communication innovation on a BBS: a content analysis

The article from 1993 by Scott A. Kuehn in the journal Interpersonal Computing and Technology analyses innovative communication behaviors on a computer-mediated bulletin board system.

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A Content Analysis of Internet-Accessible Written Pornographic Depications

article written by Denna Harmon and Scot B. Boeringer, Appalachian State University; published in Electronic Journal of Sociology (1997)

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Content analysis of web sites from 2000 to 2004: a thematic meta-analysis

The master’s thesis by Jian Zhang presents a meta-analysis of 39 studies to examine how researchers apply content analysis to the World Wide Web after 2000.

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Creating Demand for Prescription Drugs: A Content Analysis of Television Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

The article in Annals of Family Medicine reports a study in which ads were coded for factual claims made, for how they try to appeal to costumers and for how they portray behaviors of ad characters. Full text is available in HTML and PDF format.

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Dream Content and Political Ideology

The article by Kelly Bulkeley from the journal Dreaming compares dream reports from subjects who identified themselves as members of the political right and the political left respectively. Hall and Van de Castle content analysis categories are used.

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dreamresearch.net

This site by Adam Schneider and G. William Domhoff, University of California, Santa Cruz, features the quantitative study of dreams.
Contains technical information about methods and findings, examples for coded dreams, hints for students, links etc.
Calvin S. Hall’s (1909-1985) system of content analysis is used and explained.

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Ethnographic Content Analysis

The PDF article by David L. Altheide compares quantitative content analysis (QCA) and ethnographic content analysis (ECA) and gives an example of an ECA study.

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The Gulf War as a Mental Disorder? A Statistical Test of DeMause’s Hypothesis

Editorial cartoons published from 1989 to 1991 were analyzed in order to test the that United States participation in the Gulf War was the result of a temporary mental disorder. Article from 1993 by Ted Goertzel.

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Inaugural Words – 1789 to the Present

Comparing word frequencies and word use of presidential inauguration addresses in an interactive chart.

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Interactive Options in Online Journalism: A Content Analysis of 100 U.S. Newspapers

This article by Tanjev Schultz in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication analyzes interactive elements of online newspapers.

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The Invisible Primary – Invisible No Longer: A First Look at Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Campaign

Analyzes coverage of the candidates in election-campaign stories from January to May 2007 and reports on figures, tones, triggers and impact of the stories.
Joint report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Plitics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. [PDF]

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Kansas Event Data System (KEDS)

Uses automated coding of English-language news reports to generate political event data. Includes an introduction to the project, a beginner’s guide, software and data sets as well as a list of publications and papers.

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Manifest Content Analysis of Sleep Laboratory Collected Lucid and Nonlucid Dreams

Jayne Gackenbach analyzes differences between lucid and nonlucid dreams using Hall and Van de Castle’s system.

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Marketing Pornography on the Information Superhighway

Summary: For the Carnegie Mellon study, the research team downloaded all available pornographic images from five popular Usenet boards over a four month period. This narrowed the list to about 500 boards that focused primarily on marketing “adult” pornographic images, or general boards with large “adult” sections in addition to other general interest material.
Carnegie Mellon study on pornography on the Internet featured in Time Magazine and on ABC-TV’s “Nightline”

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Practical Content Analysis Techniques for Text-Retrieval in Large, Un-tagged Text-bases

Paper by Raymond G. Siemens, Department of English, University of British Columbia, published in Proceedings of the 11th annual international conference on Systems documentation

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“This paper intends to provide a practical response to concerns regarding the retrieval of specific information from electronic text-bases which have no or minimal text markup. It proposes that standard techniques employed by social scientists and others involved in computer-assisted content analysis be adapted to assist in text-retrieval, and provides the context necessary to employ such techniques.”

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Practical Resources for Assessing and Reporting Intercoder Reliability in Content Analysis Research Projects

The authors discuss why intercoder reliability should be reported and in which way, what measures should be used and how to calculate them.

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Qualitative Content Analysis

The article by Philipp Mayring describes procedures for systematic, rule guided qualitative text analysis.

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Stress and Coping in the Waking and Dreaming States During an Examination Period

The article analyses dream content for reflections of stress, negative emotions, and coping styles induced by preparing for exams.

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Study on the press coverage of childrens and youth television

The project of the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television analyzed articles published within the years 1997 to 2001 on the topics of “children and television” and “young people and television”.

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Survey of the State of the Art in Human Language Technology

From the foreword:

“This book surveys the state of the art of human language technology. The goal of the survey is to provide an interested reader with an overview of the field—the main areas of work, the capabilities and limitations of current technology, and the technical challenges that must be overcome to realize the vision of graceful human computer interaction using natural communication skills.”

Provided by the Center for Spoken Language Understanding at Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology, published 1996

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Terminology Wars: A Web Content Analysis

Presents results on the Web usage of the terms “open source” and “free software” and discusses methodological aspects and problems.

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Textual analysis of popular culture

Gives information on semiotics and content analysis of popular culture artifacts; categories for different genres and issues.

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The Contribution of Computer Software to Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Data and Analyses

The paper by Pat Bazeley discusses how the integration of different forms of data can be faciliated by use of software. [PDF]

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Wolves in sheep’s clothing. A content analysis of children’s television

In this 2006 report the Parents Television Council focuses on entertainment programming for children aged 5-10 and tries to quantify occurences of violent behavior, verbal abuse, offensive language, problematic attitudes and behaviors, sexual content, offensive/excretory content and different social institutions. [PDF]

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Wonkosphere

Presents a regularly updated content analysis of what is said in weblogs about the 2008 Presidential Election candidates.

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Altheide, D. L. (1987). Ethnographic content analysis. Qualitative Sociology, 10, 65–77.Find this resource:

Altheide, D. L. (1997). The news media, the problem frame, and the production of fear. Sociological Quarterly, 38, 647–668.Find this resource:

Altheide, D. L., & Michalowski, R. S. (1999). Fear in the news: A discourse in control. Sociological Quarterly, 40, 475–503.Find this resource:

Altheide, D. L., & Schneider, C. J. (2013). Qualitative media analysis (2d ed.). Los Angeles: SAGE.Find this resource:

Barak, G. (Ed.). (1994). Media, process, and the social construction of crime: Studies in newsmaking criminology. New York: Garland.Find this resource:

Bosch, B. (2016). “Why So Serious?” Threat, Authoritarianism, and Depictions of Crime, Law, and Order in Batman Films. Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law, & Society, 17, 37–54.Find this resource:

Britto, S., & Dabney, D. A. (2010). “Fair and balanced?” Justice issues on political talk shows. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 35, 198–218.Find this resource:

Burns, R. G., & Katovich, M. A. (2006). Melodramatic and consentient images in introductory criminal justice textbooks. Journal of Criminal Justice, 34, 101–114.Find this resource:

Cavender, G. (2004). Media and crime policy: A reconsideration of David Garland’s The Culture of Control. Punishment and Society, 6, 335–348.Find this resource:

Cavender, G., Bond-Maupin, L., & Jurik, N. C. (1999). The construction of gender in reality crime TV. Gender and Society, 13, 643–663.Find this resource:

Cavender, G., & Deutch, S. K. (2007). CSI and moral authority: The police and science. Crime, Media, Culture, 3, 67–81.Find this resource:

Cecil, D. K. (2010). Televised images of jail: Lessons in controlling the unruly. Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, 14, 67–88.Find this resource:

Chiricos, T., & Eschholz, S. (2002). The racial and ethnic typification of crime and the criminal typification of race and ethnicity in local television news. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 39, 400–420.Find this resource:

Deflem, M. (Ed.). (2010). Popular culture, crime, and social control. Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, 14. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group.Find this resource:

Ferrell, J., Hayward, K., & Young, J. (2008). Cultural criminology: An invitation. London: SAGE.Find this resource:

Ferrell, J., & Websdale, N. (Eds.). (1999). Making trouble: Cultural constructions of crime, deviance, and control. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.Find this resource:

Fishman, M., & Cavender, G. (Eds.). (1998). Entertaining crime: Televised reality programs. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.Find this resource:

Gerbner, G., & Gross, L. (1976). Living with television: The violence profile. Journal of Communication, 26, 173–199.Find this resource:

Gosselt, J., Van Hoof, J., Gent, B., & Fox, J. P. (2015). Violent frames: Analyzing Internet movie database reviewers’ text descriptions of media violence and gender differences from 39 years of U.S. action, thriller, crime, and adventure movies. International Journal of Communication, 9, 547–567.Find this resource:

Hayward, K., & Presdee, M. (Eds.). (2010). Framing crime: Cultural criminology and the image. New York: Routledge.Find this resource:

Hunnicutt, G., & Andrews, K. H. (2009). Tragic narratives in popular culture: Depictions of homicide in rap music. Sociological Forum, 24, 611–630.Find this resource:

Kane, S. C. (2004). The unconventional methods of cultural criminology. Theoretical Criminology, 8, 303–321.Find this resource:

Kappeler, V. E., & Potter, G. W. (2005). The mythology of crime and criminal justice (4th ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.Find this resource:

Kort-Butler, L. A. (2013). Justice league? Depictions of justice in children’s superhero cartoons. Criminal Justice Review, 38, 50–70.Find this resource:

Maguire, B., Sandage, D., & Weatherby, G. A. (2000). Violence, morality, and television commercials. Sociological Spectrum, 20, 121–143.Find this resource:

Morgan, M., & Shanahan, J. (2010). The state of cultivation. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 54, 337–355.Find this resource:

Muzzatti, S. L. (2006). Cultural criminology: A decade and counting of criminological chaos. In W. S. DeKeserdy & B. Perry (Eds.), Advancing critical criminology: Theory and application (pp. 63–82). Lanham, MD: Lexington.Find this resource:

Myers, R. R. (2012). “Society must be protected from the child”: The construction of U.S. juvenile detention as necessary and normal. Critical Criminology, 20, 395–407.Find this resource:

Neuendorf, K. A. (2002). The content analysis guidebook. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.Find this resource:

Phillips, N. D., & Strobl, S. (2006). Cultural criminology and kryptonite: Apocalyptic and retributive constructions of crime and justice in comic books. Crime, Media, Culture, 2, 304–331.Find this resource:

Potter, G. W., & Kappeler, V. E. (Eds.). (2006). Constructing crime: Perspectives on making news and social problems (2d ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.Find this resource:

Sjøvaag, H., & Stavelin, E. (2012). Web media and the quantitative content analysis: Methodological challenges in measuring online news content. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 18, 215–229.Find this resource:

Smith, S. L., Wilson, B. J., Kunkel, D., Linz, D., Potter, W. J., Colvin, C. M., & Donnerstein, E. (1998). Violence in television programming overall: University of California Santa Barbara study. In Center for Communication and Social Policy. (Ed.), National Television Violence Study (Vol. 3, pp. 5–220). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.Find this resource:

Surette, R. (2014). Media, crime, and criminal justice: Images, realities, and policies (5th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.Find this resource:

Weber, R. P. (1990). Basic content analysis (2d ed.) Newbury Park, CA: SAGE.Find this resource:

Welch, M., Weber, L., & Edwards, W. (2000). “All the news that’s fit to print”: a content analysis of the correctional debate in the New York Times. The Prison Journal, 80, 245–264.Find this resource:

Welsh, A., Fleming, T., & Dowler, K. (2011). Constructing crime and justice on film: Meaning and message in cinema. Contemporary Justice Review, 14, 457–476.Find this resource:

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