Voyant Practicum

Scenario 1: Computer Aided Close Reading

Computer Aided Close Reading provides the context to a certain word or phrase. The word that I used is “freedom”. The sources that I have used for this example are from the slave trade, so the term “freedom” and its contexts can provide insight into how freedom was referred to in these documents and their time frame.

Scenario 2: Collocate Network Exploration

I used the terms, free, black, and white to find any links between them. It is interesting to see the relationship between both black and white to the words men, man, and people, displaying the shared humanity that was denied to slaves during the time of the documents.

Scenario 3: Finding documents to focus on for closer reading

I chose to use the terms “master” and “slave” with this Trend tool, to see how the two words uses compared throughout the texts. It is apparent that the terms are referred to in similar amount. I hoped that with these texts I could see if one or the other subjects was of more significance in the texts, but other than in segment three and eight there is little difference.

Three examples from my research:

my sources were three different articles from The Ojibwe News, available in the Minnesota Historical Society Archives. These articles were about Clyde Bellecourt, AIM Incorporation, and the investigations surrounding Annie Mae Aquash, all published before 2000.

1. Links

I used the keywords “american”, “indian”, “native”, and “people” in this link chart to see what words were correlated between the them in the sources that I used. I was not surprised at the fact that the words “american”, “indian”, and “movement” were connected because my sources were all related to the American Indian Movement, I did find it surprising that the word “people” was connected to “bad” and “alcohol” and that “native” was linked to “drugs”. This could be because one of the articles I used was about Clyde Bellecourt’s trial about accusations that he was selling illegal substances.

2. Bubblelines

I chose the terms “American Indian Movement”, “Minneapolis”, and “Minnesota” to see how often there was a reference to AIM between the articles as well as if there were any relations between place within these articles.

3. Contexts

I decided to use Clyde Bellecourt’s name to see what could be found in relation to it. I thought it would be interesting to see the context for his name as the article’s that I had chosen all mentioned Bellecourt at some point or another.

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  • Well the reflections on the first set of prepared data are a bit superficial, but things pick up when you start using your own data. I think you’re probably already realizing that you’ll need a far larger dataset to make meaningful conclusions about the data (evidence from the connection to drugs)- I can’t overemphasize how important it will be to start this process sooner than later. Data collection and data cleaning takes MUCH more time than the actual visualization. I suggest carving some time out of your schedule daily to find newspaper articles and then clean them (if newspaper are the best source moving forward). Did AIM have a newsletter by any chance? That way, you won’t be too hard pressed at the end of the semester.

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