Up until this point, the structure of my actual paper has been nothing more than a periodically passing, vaguely worrisome thought — but that won’t turn out a paper, will it?
And so, this past weekend I hammered out a rough diagram (T. Olga suggested that I think about it like that instead of an outline) for it, and I honestly have no idea if it will stay anything like how I have it now in my final draft. Continue reading
This week has seen me downloading frankly ridiculous amounts of both archival and current articles from the NYT and slowly but surely making my way through them. I think I’ve reached the extent of my research — if you imagine it as a circle, it’s gotten to be as big as it’s going to get, and now I’m starting to fill it in. Continue reading
Another Saturday Skype call with T. Olga — my off-campus mentor who guides me through the sometimes-overwhelming world of academic literature — yielded one clear message: even more so than last week, I need to narrow my focus in order to
not drown in sources turn out a paper by the end of May.
Mass media and American foreign policy…. how does one even begin to narrow the focus of a project that considers a relationship of this magnitude?
Well, let’s start with what’s certain. I know that I want to write a paper. I also know that my independent is happening under the auspices of the history department, so a significant part of my paper would probably need to be devoted to combing through the history of America’s relationship with . . . which country? Never mind that, which region?