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Assignment

Develop and support an arguable thesis about one of the music videos we viewed in class. Your task is to write an argumentative paper based off of 1) your interpretation of the music video and 2) informed by your research. Your interpretation is your argument. You must also engage with at least 3 secondary sources. At least 1 of your 3 secondary sources must be a peer-reviewed article.

What do you think the video is about beyond the surface reading? What argument is the artist trying to make? What is the deeper meaning? What is the video suggesting about space? About technology and society?

Recommended Databases

Search Tips

  1. In ProQuest Central, try one of the following search strategies depending on your topic:
    • Music search strategies:
      • "music videos" AND (interpret* OR meaning OR symbol* OR analysis)
      • "music videos" AND (interpret* OR meaning OR symbol* OR analysis) AND ( "space travel" OR "outer space" OR aliens OR flight)
      • "music videos" AND (image* OR symbol* OR meaning*) AND (rocket* OR moon OR spaceship)
      • "music videos" AND ("outer space" OR otherness OR "science fiction")
      • "music videos" AND (science OR technology)
      • "music videos" AND (science OR technology) AND Bowie
      • "popular music" AND video* AND (science OR technolog*) AND image*
      • "music AND (videos OR television OR MTV) AND outkast AND atliens
      • "("music video*" OR MTV) AND (symbol* OR image* OR meaning OR analysis) AND space*
    • General search strategies:
      • (rocket* OR moon* OR "outer space") AND (symbol* OR imag*) AND "pop culture"
      • cultur* AND ("outer space" OR cosm* OR "space theme" OR "space themed" OR "space themes")
  2. Narrow your results as needed using the left-hand limiter options.

Search Tips

  1. In Communication & Mass Media Complete, try one of the following search strategies depending on your topic:
    • (analysis OR meaning) AND ("music video*" OR lyrics)
    • (analysis OR meaning) AND ("music video*" OR "song lyrics")
    • ("music video*" OR "song lyrics") AND (science OR technology)
    • (rocket* OR moon* OR "outer space") AND (symbol* OR imag*)
  2. Narrow your results as needed using the left-hand limiter options.

Search Tips

  1. In MLA International Bibliography, try one of the following search strategies depending on your topic:
    • (song* OR music*) AND (video* OR lyrics) AND (interpret* OR meaning OR symbol* OR analysis)
    • (song* OR music*) AND (video* OR lyrics) AND ("hip hop" OR rap OR "popular music" OR "rock and roll")
    • ("outer space" OR otherness OR "science fiction") AND music*
    • (cosmic OR "outer space")
    • (rocket* OR moon*) AND (symbol* OR imag*)
  2. Narrow your results as needed using the left-hand limiter options.

What's does peer-reviewed mean?

For information on how understanding peer-review, as well as different type of journals, please see our research guide Understanding Journals: Peer-Reviewed, Scholarly, Trade & Popular.

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