Visit to GSU Archives

My visit to the GSU archives was very productive and informative. We did an avidity where we used metadata and available information from the archives to delve into the life of a man named Andrew Wood. We started the activity with a picture of a Mugshot of Andrew Wood in an Atlanta booking facility. We used this visual metadata to find more research about his arrest and found a ticket detailing the reason and date that Wood was arrested. We then used this date to find a news article that gave background as to why Wood was arrested and what he was doing. It turns out that he was protesting for the cause of AIDS and was arrested for civil disobedience and blocking traffic.  We then used the metadata and information to find information and documents in the GSU archives including an oral history. Finally the activity ended after we found a physical poster that Wood used in his protest the next day.

This activity helped us to discover the importance of asking questions and using given metadata and information. We were able to find a ton of information about Andrew Wood because we asked questions about every piece of information and used what was given to find more information. This will benefit me a lot in future research.

Overall Improvement for Unit 2

Based upon my comments on Gradian and on my website, I feel that in order for my work to be better it must be more thought out and clear.

To Do List For Unit 2

  • For my reading response, I will need to develop my thinking by asking good questions and then answer them, using personal experience, and not paraphrasing.
  • In my classwork, I will need to revise and finish work at home and make my page more clear and well thought.
  • In general I will need to add more detail and be specific in my detail fot all of my work

Notes For Unit 2 Primary Reading

  • Multimodal
  • Lingustic(can be written or spken), organization
  • Aural
  • Spatial
  • Gestural
  • “Signals Informatiom”
  • Color
  • Layout
  • Size
  • Proximity
  • Perspective
  • Arrangement
  • Communicatoin




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The Abstract Culture of My Panel

Abstract Culture of My Panel

The material culture of my panel is the pictures and poem of Gil-Scott and his works. The pictures detail some portraits, a picture of Africa with a closed fist for civil rights and his most famous work. These pictures portray some conceptual and abstract aspects of African American culture such as the history and slavery of African American people. Gil-Scott used his spoken word and life to shed light on struggle of the feeling of confinement and hopelessness in today’s time period. We cannot see the emotions and struggles of the African American culture in this panel but if you look deep enough into it you can see the metaphysical aspects of this artifact.

Primary Source Description Analysis

I had not yet started my Primary Source Description at the time of the post. To make it better however and improve my vocabulary and flow I will revise it at a later time.

Starting my Annotated Bibliography

McClure, Daniel Robert. (2016). Who Will Survive In America: Gil Scott Heron, the Black Radical Tradition, and the Critique of Neoliberalism. In Michael Mitchell & David Covin (Ed.), Broadening the Contours in the Study of Black Politics (pp. 3-20). New York, NY: Transaction Publishers

Daniel Robert McClure, a hisrory professor at California State University, Fullerton, asserts that “Gil Scott-Heron is an important literary figure from the Black radical tradition, as his records provide an important extension of the legacies of Black Power and the Black Arts Movement into the post-civil rights era.” The author provides over two pages of evidence including books, magazines, newspaper articles, and websites. This evidence comes from primary sources such as Gil Scott-Heron’s work and secondary sources such as Business Week. McClure’s purpose in writing this article is to provide information and inspire thought on the lives of African American Politics, in this case Gil Scott-Heron. The audience McClure intended is for people who are interested in or involved in the attainment in knowledge regarding African American politics. This information can also be useful to people interested in music because of the background of Gil Scott, one who is interned in history and the progression of racism civil rights.



Research Questions and 5 Secondary Sources for my Panel

Research Question Brainstorming

Who is Gil Scott-Heron?

Panel for Gil Scott-Heron

“Website by The Record”(National Public Radio)
“Rolling Stone” Article
“CNN” Article 
From research,”The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is his most famous work. Why is this his most famous work and why did he make it?

His work is known to be “politically charged”, this is related to the activist lettering in the other panels.

Gil Scott-Heron’s Life as an Activist?

First Citation: Broadening the Contours of in the Study of Black Politics

How was Gil Scott Heron Politically Involved?

Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a man book 


Thick Description Introduction and Example

Primary source: Data authors generate themselves

Secondary Source: Reporting someone’s point f view about data already generated

The definition from Cognitive Edge: “Geertz described the practice of thick description as a way of providing cultural context and meaning that people place on actions, words, things, etc. Thick descriptions provide enough context so that a person outside the culture can make meaning of the behavior.”

Objective: Black and white picture, what appears to be a stone wall is in the background with wires and a shelf containing coffee mugs.  Styrofoam cups and a rate schedule showing the dollar values of answers with a side note saying “dumb looks are still free”. Health inspection rating score of a 89. A sassy picture with a zebra letting customers know that “this is not burger king and you will not have it your way” A lady, with a t-shirt and hair up, looking as if someone had just yelled her name and gotten her attention.

The picture