May 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s been a great semester and I really enjoyed learning about everyone’s topics. I liked seeing the different takes that everyone had on historical research. I used to think that all historians chose similar academic pieces to work on. That they had to be academic and very “intellectual” sounding, but I’ve realized that to get to such a level one must start off with a topic. Any topic will do. It is the research that will make it grow into something worth reading. Everyone proved that historical research is not a straightforward thing, but rather that it depends on the topic and the person. Everyone had a different approach to research.
I have been looking more into the citizenship laws of the 1940’s and found a really interesting book about race and citizenship. I was very surprised to find out that it was actually written by a Boalt Law Professor. The book was already interesting, but I appreciated it even more after finding that out. I’ve been looking into the modern naturalization laws and seeing how those relate to the late 1940’s laws which affected Iva Toguri.
I like finding how research can take you in different directions. You can start with a set idea, but sometimes your findings take you in a different direction. There were points when I thought perhaps I should focus on something else, since I was finding information that was counter or different to what I had originally came up with. I liked this process of investigation. Lots of different resources provide varying levels of help. Some more than others, but I’m glad that I was able to check out a good deal of resources through this class. This is a very helpful course. Everyone have a great summer!
May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
As I searched for various resources to support my research topic, I came to realize that not all resources are going to have something that supports my topic. Though some database didn’t directly deal with my topic, I discovered that the information found can still be implemented in the research. I also discovered that when doing research, the individual has to take advantage of all the information found no matter if it does not directly tackle the subject. As you proceed with researching, new keywords and ideas arise. For me, as I played around with the keywords every time I looked into a new database, I learned that some databases result with information depending on the type of word used. For example, in one of the databases I got more results when I used Hispanics instead of Mexicans. There was even a couple of times where when I used Hispanics I would have zero results, but when I used Mexicans, at least one item came up. I had better results when I used the computer in the Chicano studies section in the Ethnic Studies Library. I had found dozens of books, articles, some videos, and special books in that library compared to when I used oskicat in my laptop. When I visited that library, I became more interested in Chicano studies and I just wanted to spend all day in that library looking through their collections. I was not able to find resources directly relating to my topic in the Bancroft library. I did, however, find things that can help me answer another question I had come up during my visit to the Ethnic Studies Library. This class helped me learn of all the different kinds of resources and database that is available on campus and online that I did not know about before.
In a non-academic setting, research can be used in various ways. Research can help find more information on a business, learn the background on a city or park, it can even help map out the economic stability/instability of the United States through out history. Research can also be used to remind politicians or society of how history can repeat itself if forgotten. Research can even help understand the past of an individual as to where did their family come from, why did or didnt they migrate to the states, medical history, family ties and accomplishments/mishaps, etc. Historians are not the only ones that benefit from research. Social workers, politicians, businessmen, even military specifically the Coast Guard.
May 6, 2013 § 3 Comments
First of all, I’d like to congratulate you all on your exiting projects! They were all well presented and I learned a whole lot from all them. I hope you all enjoyed mine, or at least sparked some interest in my subject. As I mentioned many times before in the past, today we tend to overlook over music censorship. I find it peculiar that the 80’s was a time in which notable religious organizations and the PMRC lashed out at what they considered to be “morally deviant” music, but in retrospect, would you agree that today’s music is more grossly explicit? I cannot believe at how demeaning, sexually charged, and “morally deviant” music has gotten over the last two decades or so. Is there a connection is another of my questions, is this “informal cultural movement” just one of many to blame for today’s mainstream music biz? These are all questions I will be researching over the summer and could possibly use as a conclusion/analysis of my research. As a collector of music and historian, we are living in a time where no one is willing to talk about the music played on the radio-waves, many of which play tunes ranging from themes of sex to fostering our society’s rape culture (yeah, I said it). Where is the PMRC now? Were the repercussions so severe that no religious group is willing to lead the fight anymore?
I wanna give a special thanks to Camille for sparking my interest in the subject and encouraging me to dig deeper. You really helped and inspire me pursue this further. When I first brainstormed this topic I thought it would be met with criticism considering that it is a fairly contemporary topic, but after taking this class and sharing my thoughts and views with a lot of people, I am amazed at the good reception and constructive criticism. Thank you for that. I am meeting, or will potentially be working with Felicia (per recommendation of Camille). She will help me on potential methodology so I get to work this summer on it. I want to make it perfect, my name will forever be attached to this work, and I want to make sure I do a good job. Whether or not it will be picked up as a possible guide for future researchers really isn’t something I know, but I will feel better, I will be satisfied with the fact that I am contributing back to “the scene” that watched me grow and be the person I am today. Unfortunately there aren’t a whole lot of Metalhead academics, I am one of the few, the better prepared I am, the better this project will be.
If you’d like to see future updates on my research project please follow my WordPress, I will be writing weekly findings, thoughts, reflections on Heavy Metal, the PMRC, Music Censorship and all of the above. It is a great way to practice my writing, too. Keep in touch everyone, god bless! cheers
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