Bookworm Feminism Chart

Bookworm Chart


More and more data visualization projects are surfacing that allow users to cull large datasets. Bookworm is a search tool that allows users to input words and restrictions to find dialogue trends in movies and TV shows. The search is based on entries from Open Subtitles and encompasses more than  600 million words from 87,000 movies and TV shows. Bookworm also allows users to see what has created changes in word trends with incorporated links that show the specific texts that met the search criteria, making it a great research tool.

When using Bookworm, users start by choosing the words they want to analyze. Then, users add the restrictions, such as specifying a specific genre or director, and can add or delete other words for comparison. For example, if you enter the word “feminism,” you’ll see that use of this word spiked in television usage in 1977, and then again in 1982. However, “feminism” was still only used at most 2.1378 times per million words in the database during those years. It’s also interesting to explore how use of words that were previously taboo has changed over the years. Curse words, in particular, weren’t used very often on television until the 1990s, while their use increased in movies 20 years earlier in the 1970s.

Of course, this tool can be a fun way to waste time. But Bookworm and tools like it can be great research tools. For example, Bookworm is a great tool for examining changes in language use over time. As the social acceptance of words or other linguistic changes occur over time, we can begin to see major shifts in cultural mores. And researchers can find quantitative and qualitative data for analyzing linguistic and societal changes. The creator says he may be adding MPAA ratings into the metadata so that the users can see when certain words became acceptable for use in entertainment for younger viewers.

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