Variety's Transformations: Digitizing and Analyzing the First Thirty-Five Years of the Canonical Trade Paper

Eric Hoyt, Derek Long, Tony Tran, Kit Hughes

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Abstract

This article details a major digitization and access project to make Variety's run from 1905 to 1940 freely available online. It uses multiple quantitative research methods- including distant-reading practices of the Digital Humanities and quantitative content analysis-to argue that Variety's decisions about when and how to cover the film and radio industries need to be understood as a series of specific internal strategies made in relation to a dynamic business environment. Situating the project's digitization of Variety as a form of philology, the authors argue that corpus digitization should be considered a scholarly practice, not simply a technical one.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-105
Number of pages30
JournalFilm History: An International Journal
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Content analysis
  • Digital humanities
  • Distant reading
  • Hollywood trade press
  • Philology
  • Variety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • History

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