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Archive for September, 2012

The Legality of the Time Magazine Corpus

Created by Prof. Mark Davies of Brigham Young University, the Time Magazine Corpus is a database that categorizes the words found in Time Magazine. The website, which uses words directly from Time magazine articles, has the ability to show how frequently words were used and how they have changed over time. Though the Corpus acts […]

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Conflicting Rights

After watching the video Copyright Criminals, I have come to understand that the copyright law is working for and against music makers (and for artists, writers, etc). Based on what I understood from the video, today’s music makers have the problem of protecting what they create and also having the freedom to create. For instance, […]

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As a college student, I have been taught not to use Wikipedia as a direct source for information when researching a historical topic. Due to the website’s ability to let anyone add or edit information in its articles, it may not be the most reliable source for information. Though Wikipedia may not the best website […]

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True Intentions

Errol Morris, the author of the article Photography as a Weapon, wrote that the Iran missile launch photo was made with “the intention to deceive”. True, the Iranians did deceive the world into thinking that they successfully launched four missiles instead of three. But I don’t think this was the original intention of the photograph. […]

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Scavenger Hunt- Researching for Answers

Through this week’s assignment, I found out rather quickly that in order to find something you don’t know about it helps to study the question and think about the most likely place you would find an answer. For the first item, which was an op-ed on labor disputes involving teachers before the 1970s, I knew […]

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The Pros & Cons of ProQuest

I find that ProQuest is a great resource for finding primary sources on a variety of historical topics. ProQuest is a database that archives newspapers from 1800 to the present. I am quite familiar with ProQuest because I have used it in the past for research in other classes. ProQuest makes it possible to search […]

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Technology’s Use in the Future

Vannevar Bush’s article, As We May Think (1), argues that science should help produce technology for the progress of mankind and not for the destruction of it. He envisioned that such technology would become widely available and very useful to humans in the future. Even the technology he described in his article resembles the technology […]

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The World Without the Internet

I never thought of the Internet as being an invention of the Cold War. The Cold War has given the world many things, from microwaves to space flight, but I find the Internet to be one of the great things that impacted lives around the world. Originally used by governments and universities to share information […]

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