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Refined Research Question

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2011 at 2:43 am

After much discussion during and after class, I’ve decided to have my refined research question as more of a starting point.  I plan on using the question listed below to help me narrow my research down even more.

How have contraception advertisements evolved from a focus on pregnancy prevention to a focus on pleasure?


Research Questions: Take One

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2011 at 1:40 am

Topic: The Development of MTV

Research Question 1: What influence did the development of MTV play on the teens of the 1980s?

Research Question 2: How has the MTV corporation impacted the market for young adults?

Topic: Birth Control

Research Question 1:  How did the sale of birth control affect traditional gender roles?

Research Question 2: How has birth control changed the market since being introduced?

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.

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.

First Assignment

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm
In regards to my personal research process, I can classify it as unique compared to my classmates’.  I usually start with a Google search.  This, in my opinion, gives me plenty of results to sift through to get a general idea of my topic.  Wikipedia is typically one of the first results through Google, so it’s usually my first stop.  Wikipedia offers the overview for a majority of subjects, so I rely heavily on it when starting out.
I know the concerns people have with Wikipedia, and it is for that reason that I take the information provided by the site and research it elsewhere as well.  This is when the research process proves to be tedious in my opinion.  Whether it be through Google, a database, or even a book of some sort, I have to skim page after page and line after line to pull out information I find useful to my topic.  This source location and evaluation process takes the most time out of my entire research process because it is the weeding out process of my sources.
I’m sure there are ways I could improve this process to make it more efficient.  By starting at one of the library databases or even contacting a librarian for help, I wouldn’t have to waste time sifting through unrelated sources.  It would narrow my search immediately.  Hopefully this entire process will make my capstone project easier.