This is a brief follow up to Tuesday’s post. By allowing some recursive downloading, I grabbed quick snapshots from the Wayback Machine of the sites that fell within both the Conservative and Liberal party websites in 2006 and 2014. After converting to text, the Mark I eyeball found some interesting things: economic development for the Conservatives, more social justice websites for the Liberals.
But with web archives, the Mark I eyeball isn’t enough. Topic modelling turned up some interesting results, however. I’ve pasted some findings before, but some highlights:
- Finding child care plans in the 2006 Liberal modularity class: a perennial promise of that party, this is a good thing to find;
- Way more emphasis towards Aboriginals in the Conservative sphere from 2006. I’m not quite sure why, but it’s at least an area to dig more in;
- Current data is very good: the Conservatives care about our economic action plan, and that appears in 2014;
- The Liberal’s attachment to social movements comes through.
Let’s look deeper, shall we?
Here, for example, are twenty-five topics in the 2014 sphere:
1. today year work business building communities health family announced great 2. web www http bloomberg news markets bonds east energy law 3. im http web jpg ca content wp uploads feature jim 4. html nytimes events trade free june nyt st international immigration 5. mp support https announces facebook status larry calgary days post 6. ottawa en time archive office public internet machine net project 7. canadian web http aug resources gif liveleak edge foreign families 8. parliament member women bill website members hill rights videos july 9. minister riding canada prime harper stephen profile uniter statement parliamentary 10. de la du le les des pour infrastructure au en 11. media ca im www http jpg png resampled big markwarawa 12. government day national tax seniors funding fund ukraine constituents supports 13. canada canadians jobs community country ndp people email summer sign 14. web ca http www photo gallery multimedia video releases buttonvid 15. http web www maximebernier ca constituency category brucestanton tag saint 16. gc ca federal links conservative pm service made act response 17. id page contact house org report disclosure commons society travel 18. web http ca www darylkramp jasonkenney bevshipley peterbraid larrymaguire patriciadavidson 19. david program canada million opportunities john view funding wilks anniversary 20. web http www philmccolemanmp financial jamesrajottemp canadianmanufacturing personal room finance 21. index dec read eng local budget html pages call list 22. ca web http www home images articles reports tillygordon liberal 23. canada services twitter economic plan action government search randykamp online 24. news honourable development asp state years behalf social press economy 25. php information world centre issues south jan veterans open war
Some key ones: economic development, family, immigration, legislation, women’s issues, senior issues, Ukrainians, constituency offices, some prominent (and not-so-prominent) MPs, and of course, our economic action plan. Given what I know about Canadian politics, this makes sense.
And here are the Liberal topics, also from 2014:
1. http uk web net dpac category action cuts social education 2. element ontario cupe home issues poverty child options coalition street 3. liberal party justin trudeau day statement canada ca newsroom national 4. de la des le les du femmes pour au une 5. org contact www facebook archive work birminghammail machine legal internet 6. rights php index length var week case policy human open 7. return function var utm join id https flipboard object source 8. www ca web http gc page aug index code eng 9. en ca events aspx lang http mi change digital cfuw 10. ca news https yahoo video family good blogs man videos 11. web http ca www health english support mentalhealthcommission yourlegalrights bc 12. http web wordpress theglobeandmail globe share johnnyvoid sign disabled sanctions 13. http www web straight account world business site year link 14. web im images png media city files cdn convention council 15. http web ca membership www budget canadianlabour vimeo date labour 16. web people information june centre life august workers meeting justice 17. web http cbc html twitter revenuegroup time archives sports days 18. www ca http web im macleans jpg content wp uploads 19. web program http srchc community group committee apc resources free 20. www http web womensworlds stop channel torontostopthecuts arts ipetitions mobile 21. web ca http women services www qc fr ftq report 22. event cbc email live est password pm blog search instructions 23. canada radio ici ca img src nouvelles mp sn vancouver 24. http web www ca npd menu main ford psacunion press 25. toronto public node ocap sites read march housing smugmug form
Very different: Justin Trudeau (the new leader), cuts to social programs, child poverty, mental health, municipal issues, labour, workers, Stop the Cuts, and housing. Again, this isn’t based on nearest neighbour links, this is the modularity community that has popped up around liberal.ca.
Compare to the two groups from 2006, where things get curious. Here are the Conservatives:
A ton of stuff on First Nations issues! I find this really curious. If anything, it helps us think about a new question to ask of this archive: why is this such a big issue? Perhaps there was a big campaign against the Conservatives that had to do with the end of the Paul Martin First Nations accord? But for whatever reason, aboriginal issues have popped up..
Some other ones: education issues, university issues, legal issues.
My other suspicion is that conservative.ca wasn’t as linked into an incipient blogosphere back then, at least in our web archive, as opposed to Liberal.ca (note my video from before).
Questions are appearing, which is good…
The 2006 Liberal one is also interesting:
Again, community questions, electoral topics, universities, human rights, child care support (which makes sense!!) and so forth.