Post-Research Reflections: Final Update

I totally forgot to make a third blog post. Whoops.

My main takeaway from this research, which I pretty much understood to be the case going into it, is that the music industry suffers from a severe lack of a queer presence – regardless of genre. That being said, my work is just a snapshot of the reality of music’s queer underrepresentation; more expansive research is entirely possible, and ought to be conducted in the future. In terms of expanding my own project, I think it would be beneficial to examine queer visibility across multiple music services, not just streaming ones. Looking at music providers such as radio stations and CD/record stores, in addition to streaming services, could offer a sort of comparison analysis of whether or not the type of music service influences queer representation. I also could increase the number of genre-based playlists I study. Furthermore, examining playlists exclusively featuring lesser-known, “indie” artists within each genre alongside playlists containing only current-day hits (like the ones I used in my research) might answer questions of how commercial standing contributes to queer representation. Even simply incorporating more genres could yield newer, more diverse findings. The point is that my project is merely a stepping stone into a much broader research scope.

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Post #3: Summer Melt

In my last two blog posts, I’ve discussed how college access programs can help disadvantaged students reach higher education. Studies have shown mixed results about the effects of these programs, but there are several tactics that can help them better support student achievement, from starting early to targeting more disadvantaged students.

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Gender Reveal Party – Final Update

Hello! I’m posting late because my advisor allowed me to continue to contribute to my project after the deadline, and I wanted this last post to reflect my entire writing experience.

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The History, Function, and Significance of Semaphore Telegraph Towers – Final Update

When I first proposed this project in February 2018, I formulated several research questions I hoped to answer: Who developed semaphore telegraph systems and when, and how did the systems and codes of different nations differ from one another? How did the mechanical aspects of the towers function, and how were they controlled? What were the experiences of tower operators? How did this form of near-instant communication, and the resulting increased speed of information, affect society, culture, and government? How did governments balance the systems’ great advantages with the massive costs of erecting dozens of towers? How did this technology relate to previous and later revolutions in communication, such as the electric telegraph and the internet? I believe my work, including my research, my research paper, and my models, answered all of these questions.

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