Forms of contribution and contributors’ profiles: An automated textual analysis of amateur on line film critics

Valérie Beaudouin 1, 2 Dominique Pasquier 1, 2
1 SID - Sociologie Information-Communication Design
I3, une unité mixte de recherche CNRS (UMR 9217) - Institut interdisciplinaire de l’innovation
Abstract : Based on an automated textual analysis of 40,000 film reviews posted by 18,000 French contributors on a web-based platform providing information on cinema, this article examines the relationship between the status of contributors (number of reviews posted, length of time of subscription to the site) and the type of reviews posted (choice of films, date of publication, models of argumentation, and modes of ratings). The study identifies two strongly contrasting reviewing models (film-centered and reception-centered) and shows that the regularity of practice significantly influences reviews, with regard to both form and content. The more often an author posts reviews, the closer the critique will be to the norms and formats of a professional critique. This finding challenges the idea that an online amateur critique can undermine the hierarchies of evaluation of cultural goods.
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Valérie Beaudouin, Dominique Pasquier. Forms of contribution and contributors’ profiles: An automated textual analysis of amateur on line film critics. New Media and Society, SAGE Publications, 2016, 19 (11), pp.1810-1828. ⟨10.1177/1461444816643504⟩. ⟨hal-02191416⟩

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