Practicing With Python at OiiSDP

I was really upset to have missed Jonathan Bright’s python tutorial today. It was one of the things I was most looking forward to. But thanks to Jonathan Bright’s excellent slides and sharing of the files, and to Stephanie Steinhardt, who gave me a walk through of the presentation and some great additional pointers, I finally found myself able to run some python scripts! Given that at OiiSDP we’ve talked so much about the Facebook study, I thought I would see how much sharing commentary pieces about Facebook are getting on Facebook. Drawing on the scripts supplied by Jonathan Bright, and pulling from the archive of media and commentary regarding the Facebook study (managed by James Grimmelmann), I loaded every commentary URL to see how many times it has been shared on Facebook. There were just over 60 of the commentary type articles. I’ll paste the results below. I noticed the script seemed to fail about 22 links in. I thought it might be a bad link causing the problem, so where the script failed I would remove that link from the list and run it again. I didn’t find that ever got me more than about 20 or so results, from spot checking. So, I am assuming this is a result of rate limits, but I’m not entirely sure. If anyone has the answer I’d love to know. Anyway, if you’re interested, here are the results. I put in author information for the “Top Ten” although keep in mind, this is just the top ten of the 22 URLs that were examined.

1. Accessing results for: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/mental-health/opinion-facebook-experiment-used-silicon-valley-trickery-n144386
Authors: Arthur Caplan & Charles Seife
It was shared 4488 times

2. Accessing results for: https://medium.com/message/what-does-the-facebook-experiment-teach-us-c858c08e287f
Author: danah boyd
It was shared 1624 times

3. Accessing results for: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/did-facebook-and-pnas-violate-human-research-protections-in-an-unethical-experiment/
Author: David Gorski
It was shared 1614 times

4. Accessing results for: http://laboratorium.net/archive/2014/06/28/as_flies_to_wanton_boys
Author: James Grimmelmann
It was shared 1378 times

5. Accessing results for: http://culturedigitally.org/2014/07/facebooks-algorithm-why-our-assumptions-are-wrong-and-our-concerns-are-right/
Author: Tarleton Gillespie
It was shared 1307 times

6. Accessing results for: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2014/06/facebook_experiments_on_users_they_ve_got_more_in_store.html
Author: David Auerbach
It was shared 930 times

7. Accessing results for: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/07/the-test-we-canand-shouldrun-on-facebook/373819/
Author: Kate Crawford
It was shared 808 times

8. Accessing results for: http://www.theguardian.com/science/head-quarters/2014/jul/01/facebook-cornell-study-emotional-contagion-ethics-breach
Author: Chris Chambers
It was shared 719 times

9. Accessing results for: http://codingconduct.tumblr.com/post/90242838320/frame-clashes-or-why-the-facebook-emotion-experiment
Author: Sebastian Deterding
It was shared 557 times

10. Accessing results for: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2014/07/01/the-outrage-over-facebooks-creepy-experiment-is-out-of-bounds-and-this-study-proves-it/
Author: Dan Diamond
It was shared 221 times

11. Accessing results for: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/being-a-facebook-lab-rat-is-the-tradeoff-we-ve-made
It was shared 166 times

12. Accessing results for: https://medium.com/@msbernst/the-destructive-silence-of-social-computing-researchers-9155cdff659
It was shared 162 times

13. Accessing results for: https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/felten/facebooks-emotional-manipulation-study-when-ethical-worlds-collide/
It was shared 99 times

14. Accessing results for: http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2014/06/30/facebook-has-always-manipulated-your-emotions/
It was shared 95 times

15. Accessing results for: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/02/psych_researchers_link_arms_with_facebook/
It was shared 93 times

16. Accessing results for: http://www.informationweek.com/software/social/facebook-researchers-toy-with-emotions-wake-up/a/d-id/1278975
It was shared 81 times

17. Accessing results for: http://time.com/2951726/facebook-emotion-contagion-experiment/
It was shared 50 times

18. Accessing results for: https://medium.com/@dingstweets/the-facebook-loophole-a39172e6496d
It was shared 27 times

19. Accessing results for: https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/felten/on-the-ethics-of-ab-testing/
It was shared 26 times

20. Accessing results for: http://culturedigitally.org/2014/07/when-science-customer-service-and-human-subjects-research-collide-now-what/
It was shared 14 times

21. Accessing results for: https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/felten/privacy-implications-of-social-media-manipulation/
It was shared 7 times

22. Accessing results for: http://scienceofnews.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/overstating-and-understating-the-influence-of-facebook/
It was shared 6 times

 

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