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Third Blog Assignment: Wish List

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2011 at 1:18 am

I’m not 100% sure what this post is supposed to include, but when I hear wish list I am assuming that I should put things that I would like to see in regards to my capstone project.

Narrowing my Topic:  After a very productive class discussion over my three topic choices, I’ve realized (with help from Kane) that I need to narrow my topics.  For right now I want to start looking at the development of MTV.  This idea is building more from my third idea about the influence of popular trends and ideas on our society in the United States.  At this point I want to find information about the development of MTV as a corporation, it’s influence on the United States, and where it stands within society today.  (I’ll probably identify some widely known news stories involving MTV as well).

Research Preference: I dont mind using the databases provided by DC, but I struggle on search terms.  As part of my wish list, I would appreciate someone pointing me in the right direction on what to look for.  I don’t want to just use articles to gain information for my capstone.  I’d like to utilize other types of resources as well such as video, books, magazine articles, etc.  I’m unsure where to look for appropriate materials.

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Second Blog Assignment

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2011 at 12:42 am

After much thought and consideration, I’ve decided I want to focus on the following three topics as potential capstone projects:

1-Scandal in the White House

Focusing on the rumors and scandals that have circulated the media based on our Head of State since the Kennedy administration.  Scandals included JFK’s potential affairs, the Watergate Scandal of Nixon, Iran-Contra scandal of the Reagan administration, the Bill Clinton affairs (Lewinsky and Jones), all the way through George W. Bush’s wiretapping following the September 11 attacks.

2-Civil Rights Movement

This project will focus on the events leading up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act (1964)and Voting Rights Act (1965). Key civil rights activist will be recognized such as MLK, Rosa Parks, and even Gandhi’s impact on civil rights movements in the United States.  Ideas of civil disobedience and relentless activists will be outlined focusing on the changes in legislation ranging from the 1960s-now.

3-1980s Pop Culture and Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan, former actor and President of the Untied States was Commander in Chief during a time that has defined the culture of not only the United States, but the world.  Such events as MTV, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, first woman appointed to the US Supreme Court, and other popular cultural debuts occurred during his first 4 years in office.  Within the same decade, the Berlin Wall fell as well as the death of Gandhi.  This project will focus on the links between Ronald Reagan’s presidency and popular cultural developments during the 1980s.