Literacy and Liberty

Investigative Project
Posted by: , November 7, 2018, 12:15 pm
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On June 17, 1972, the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. was broken into by five burglars. In the spring of my sophomore year, the story of the Watergate scandal was unfolded before me, and with that, a newfound curiosity was formed. As time went by, a pile of books on the subject began to emerge and grow on my shelf, and a poster version of a photo of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein appeared on my bedroom wall. Watergate excites me because it is a perfect example of the preservation of truth. If there is one thing that I have learned, it is that truth is the solution to all things. If the truth is not universally understood in any situation, then that situation will never be balanced, and thus, never at peace. When truth is present, justice is enabled. For a conflict as national and damaging as Watergate, this was of utmost importance. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein knew this, and did what they had to do to grant that peace to the American people. I think that this preservation of truth is an eternal and vital focus. It is also a concept that is not prioritized in our country today. In the wake of “fake news”, what would happen if the Watergate scandal happened today? How has the process changed? 

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I think that despite this focusing on a historical event this is a topic that is very pertinent to today. We live in an age where the internet has allowed for the spread of Fake-News. Where post-modernist rejections of truth and the findings of research are continuing to gain popularity. Where governments in democratic countries are promoting “Alternative Facts” over the original facts. Now more than ever the pursuit of truth is of dire importance.

   Joseph Gelula 11.07.18 @ 6:28 pm

So, Jess: what is your investigative focus? Are you thinking about the emergence of “fake news” in recent years and writing a kind of Nikole Hannah-Jones “First Words”-type article? Or are you writing about Woodward and Bernstein? Or the free press? Investigative journalism then and now? I hope the next few interim projects (library workshop, draft intro, etc.) can help you focus. An office hours visit would be good too.

   Professor Seiler 11.11.18 @ 4:57 pm

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