Using Gephi

First of all, using Gephi is not exactly intuitive. It is a very busy program, visually, and I think that might be a bit of a hinderance in learning what things the program is capable of when one is faced with a time limit. Our screenshots prove that there was a lot more we could have done with Gephi but did not have the time to figure out during class. Putting that aside, it is pretty interesting to use and we could see how it could be used on our final project.

There were many recognizable authors and magazines towards the center of the given network. A few of those authors included Theodore Roosevelt, T.S. Elliot, Wyndham Lewis, and Ezra Pound. Some of the larger noted woks were Scribner’s magazine, BLAST,and the Crisis just to name a few.

The listed authors and magazines, along with many more, gave off a sense that they were more important based on their size of their node in the network. In reality, this does not necessarily indicate their importance so much as their prominence in the data.

On a related note, the nodes that were small and far away from the center (indicating less prominence) were the least connected parts of the network. This means that they were used the least, in most cases. One example is “Royal Baking Powder”. Since the program completely foze the last ten minutes of class or so, we were unable to find what it was connected to other than “Royal”, “Baking”, and “Powder”, however, our guess is that it was probably an advertisement that was not heavily used. Maybe it was even only used once.

The network does not really indicate anything unexpect, but having such an interactive visualization helps to quantify and perceive the relations between authors, their works, and the types of work included in the magazines. It also helps to understand the dense, intertwined mass of connections across seemingly unrelated terms. It will definitely be a big help in the final project by giving us access to more objective information in a new way than what we have experienced thus far.

Screenshots:

Group members: Shelby Fields and Bethany Williams

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SYNDICALISM

http://library.brown.edu/pdfs/1303305402406379.pdf

I am looking at the final advertisement on page 19 out of 20. The title, “Syndicalism and the Co-Operative Commonwealth (How We Shall Bring About the Revolution.)” really stood out to me (probably partially due to the fact that it is in all capitals in the PDF), but also because it talks about a revolution and syndicalism, which I had never heard of. According to Merrimack-Webster, syndicalism is “a revolutionary doctrine by which workers seize control of the economy and the government by direct means (as a general strike).” This reminds me a great deal of some of the communism and socialism memes that I’ve seen floating around Facebook as of late.

After getting past the title and opening, it’s pretty easy to realize that it is an advertisement for a book that it says is written “by advocates of Syndicalism who have a world wide reputation”, then states that “those who wish to understand the aims and methods of Syndicism, must not confine their reading to accounts of what Syndicism is, written by critics and opponents, but must first and foremost, read what the bet exponents of Syndicalist theories say themselves”. This advertisement seems to be a little bit more basic than modern advertisements, but more effective. It has an intriguing title that gives the reader a reason to keep reading and looking into the advertisement and makes an argument as to why you should read it. Personally, I am intrigued and I would read it, so I really like that about this ad!

Intoduction- Shelby Fields

My name is Shelby Fields. I am a junior double major here at TU in music (cello) and anthropology. I speak several languages and I love to travel and learn about culture. I am looking to go to grad school for international law or immigration law at some point, but I’m a pretty open-minded person and I like to take advantage of the opportunities at hand and nothing in my life has ever gone exactly as planned, so I’m up to whatever life hits me with for the most part. I am driven by experience and learning.

Music was never something I planned to do in university but it has been wonderful. I was accepted into a college preparatory conservatory at age 11 where I took part in a heavy curriculum based off of Juliard’s pre conservatory program that had extensive lessons, ensembles, studio classes, music theory and music history twice a week. The saying “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is an utterly worthless saying. I can tell you that I lived and breathed cello until about 10th grade when I went through some serious health issues that played a role in changing my feelings towards my studies. I would get up every morning to practice a couple hours before school, I would skip lunch and practice, practice until I got picked up from school, and practice for four or more hours whenever I got home. I was consumed in the process of getting better, especially since I started relarively late. It was not unusual for me to practice about 10 hours a day, not including my lessons and classes. I don’t do that anymore. People get burned out no matter how much you love something. Not to mention, it’s pretty impractical with TU’s curriculum. Anyway, this program led to a lot of musical success for me in our little town of Tulsa. I have been blessed to meet some of the most famous classical musicians in the world just because of the connections I have made here, and it has landed me a job that I love.

I work as an assistant administrator, and instructor at the bART Conservatory for Music (formerly the Barthelmes Conservatory of Music). Teaching has greatly improved my musicianship and completely changed my perspective in many areas of my life. I also get to organize and take part in fundraisers, concerts, gigs, and outreach. I couldn’t be happier with a job at this point in my development, but don’t worry, it has not been 100% peachy for me- I’ve done plenty of minimum wage retail/food jobs as well.

TL;DR

I am a cellist and anthropologist who wants to do law someday.

Thanks for your time!