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

Local History

The Tulsa City-County Library (TCCL) was first established in 1913 in the basement of the county courthouse. A local book club fought for several years for grants to open a library in Tulsa. In 1916 the first library opened at Third and Cheyenne. TCCL has three stated goals: 1.)Promote Lifelong Learning and Literacy in all Forms, 2.)Contribute to Stronger Communities, and 3.)Cultivate Engaged Employees and with their “Local History In The Research Center” collection they achieve all three.

The site has information on Tulsa back to 1540 when De Soto wandered on to a Creek Indian settlement in Tallasi (the original spelling of Tulsa). The breadth of the information is vast and covers everything from the 1921 Race Riot to the history of the library system itself and a timeline of Tulsa and one for Oklahoma. There is so much information on this site and it was all very well organized and so easy to access. Everything is neatly cataloged for ease when finding the physical document on site or for viewing online. Everything is organized in a logical way which makes it easy to search and find the information you’re looking for. I could spend hours going through the information provided.



Fighting Technology

Technology can easily frustrate me so most times I avoid computers when I can. I would much rather spend time face to face with people than isolate myself on a computer. With help from my partner and kids I have learned quite a bit and become more comfortable using different types of technology and websites. As I am a digital immigrant these things don’t come naturally to me.

My first cell phone was purchased the year my oldest child was born, 1999. I still have the same number through the same carrier. You could say I’m resistant to change.

All of this makes me so uncomfortable I want to crawl out of my skin. Especially the blogging.

YouTube has changed my world. When I am given a project at work but have no idea how to do it, I employ YouTube for tutorials. Because of this I am becoming more confident and trying more things on my own, but would like to learn skills that make using different platforms more intuitive for me and hopefully less frustrating to work with.

Everything about this Digital Humanities class scares me which is why I am doing it. I am tired of being scared of things.