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The Use of Trolling via Breitbart News Portal

Project: 4
Name: Asta Zelenkauskaite, PhD (az358@drexel.edu; 215.895.1717)
Department: Communication

Description

"Project deals with the phenomenon of trolling online. By analyzing online comments on the some of the most active news portals, e.g. Breitbart news, this study will analyze user-generated comments. Specific focus will be based on tracing the concept of trolling.

The project will entail two parts. The first part will be related to manually collect articles with user comments from the Breitbart news portal. It will require a systematic data collection, organization, and marking of the instances related to the project. The second part of the project will relate to the analysis of those collected data.

Associated Independent Study

This project may entail a form of an independent study. It will entail conceptualization of the project, data collection, summary, analysis, and reading and summarizing 5-10 scholarly articles on the topic.

Gained Experience

The student will gain real-world case study analysis skill covering all levels: data organization, systematic data collection, interpretation. This project has a potential to be transformed to a presentation at an international scholarly conference and/or participation in publishing a manuscript.

Outcome

The outcome of this project is the data collection, data analysis. This project has a potential to be transformed to a presentation at an international scholarly conference and/or participation in publishing a manuscript.

Tasks

The project will entail two parts. The first part will be related to manually collect articles with user comments from the Breitbart news portal. It will require a systematic data collection, organization, and marking of the instances related to the project. The second part of the project will relate to the analysis of those collected data.

Location

The study will have to entail initial meeting with the student to set up data collection framework. Then student will be able to work independently on data collection with the constant supervision.

Meetings

The study will have to entail initial meeting with the student to set up data collection framework. Then student will be able to work independently on data collection with the constant supervision.

Interview Availability

April 10, April 11, April 12