What method are you using? It kind of sounds like an experiment but I can't tell. It's been a while since I had to do this stuff but picking the correct method for my paper always tripped me up.
I'm doing content analysis. I'm analyzing successful box office horror movies for certain trends over time (focusing on treatment/depiction of women), but idk how many I should evaluate or over how long of time. Like, originally I wanted to go back twenty years and watch a certain amount of movies from each of those years, but I feel like with as little time as I have I can't watch enough movies per year to get an accurate representation. So then I was thinking about only going back ten years, so that way I could watch more movies from each year. Ideally I would like to go further back, but time is an issue. But I am basically struggling through this whole thing and hoping that as I read more academic journals and work from other authors who have studied media that I will start to get a direction for my paper. Also, I need to somehow relate all this to hate crimes. fml. This is what happens when I choose a topic on the spot.