Phil Ochs Archives

When digging through the collection online the first questions that comes to mind is naming? Why is the collection called the Phil Ochs Papers when there are clearly other materials in the collection? How are names chosen and how much do names matter?

I am fascinated with the assessing part of archiving. How does one decide what will or won’t make it into the collection? What happens to rejected items? What if one of the rejected items turns out to be of importance, do they try to get it back? Are these items recorded so they and others will know that  information has passed through if they should need it in the future? I would be terrified to pass on something that may hold key information and I can imagine the archivists are to an extent as well. It seems like so much pressure but also so interesting at the same time.

I feel I am all questions at this point I am so fascinated by this process. When dealing with things like fan mail, where it may be hard to track down the original author, how does the center get permission to display?


Wiki Edit Reflection

As I stated in the last post, I have struggled with this assignment from the beginning. Some of the struggle was overcoming anxiety and over thinking about writing in such a public space. I am not yet a confident writer or researcher, so this assignment plays to all my weaknesses and insecurities.

Through the course of this assignment, I have learned that I am not great at researching. I need to learn how to refine searches to make it easier to find the information I am looking for. I was searching vague terms and getting back vague answers. I also need to set aside more time for research. I grossly underestimated the amount of time research would take for this. In the future, I will build more time into my schedule for this.

I have learned that there is a lot written about Phil Ochs and with a lack of good research knowledge I felt it was difficult to figure out exactly what I wanted to do for this project. I had a hard time finding my starting point. Once I found my starting point it was much easier to find the information I was seeking. Going forward I need to have a better grasp of what exactly it is I’m looking for before I begin.

One of the biggest eye-openers of this project was Wikipedia’s requirements for citation. I have believed until now that since anyone can edit anything at any time that Wikipedia is not a useful source. I really did not fully grasp the complexity that goes into adding information to a Wiki article or the challenge of fully evaluating a resource. I have found that Wikipedia is, however, a sound starting point for research. Looking through the sources on a Wikipedia article is a good place to search for primary and secondary sources. For future projects, I plan to look at Wikipedia reference lists to help me find solid information and use them as a foundation for my own bibliography.


Wikipedia Edits

I have struggled with this assignment. I have not found much that has not already been said about Phil Ochs, and when I do find something I cannot find a second source to back that up.  I have decided to write a new entry about his song “Chords of Fame” because it is the only way I can get 300 new words about Phil Ochs onto Wikipedia.

For my sources I have the album the song was originally on, “Chords of Fame” and a review of the album to back up the album information. I will also be using a book entitled All Music Guide to Rock: The definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul. This is a reference book written by dozens of music critics. I will also be using the book Chords of Fame, written by Phil Ochs.

I was not able to find a place where the verifiabilty criteria were listed for me to look back on. I did the best I could with what I know to find credible sources for writing this article. I have many questions I plan to ask tonight in class. I feel there is definitely anxiety and overthinking combined with confusion on where to find information.


Big Brother is Always Watching

I’ve had a feeling for a while now that my every move is being watched. This challenge confirmed those fears for me. I want to throw my phone and other electronics in a barrel with some TNT and blow the crap out of them. I would be totally happy living off the grid, until I need directions…

My privacy personality is that of a realist, I choose convenience over principles at times. The Magic Sauce thing said I was a gay male who should go into engineering. Sort of right? I love math and was previously an engineering major