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  • 1. Research Project for Media 21My multi-genre research paper topicMy topic for the multi-genre research paper is over genocide. I want to know whysomeone or a group could feel that they had the right to take the lives of others. Whatcould make someone so charismatic as to get people to walk away from their lives andfollow a person with such twisted ideals? Does it have anything to do with money? Arethere enough cases in the history of the world for us to see this coming and stop it fromhappening? Does it target a certain race or age group? It is so incomprehensible thatsomeone could kill people like that for their own gain that I want to know more.What I already knowI know a little about genocide just from curiosity. I know that it has to do with masskillings like Hitler did to the Jews during the 1930’s. Hitler was trying to create an eliterace of people, and he saw Jews as a weak link that must be removed. He was atyrant. I am pretty sure that millions of people died at his hands or by his orders. I knowthat he couldn’t have been sane to so easily throw so much life away. Mass killingsseem to target a particular group of people also. I believe that money and power area instrumental in creating the monsters who call themselves leaders of these people.Faith gives these so called leaders as sense of righteousness to toy with the lives ofothers.What I want to learnThere are several key areas involved with genocide that I wish to further explore. Iwant to know things such as; what is the profile of the leaders who make those killingdecisions? Family, power, money and religion are what corrupt them. I would also liketo know who does genocide effect? An interest sparked in me to discover the cases ofgenocide around the world. Do cases only consist of children, race, or ethnic groups,or are there more? Another thought that jumped out at me is whether or not there isany sign of genocide in the United States? Through my research I became furtherpuzzled on the measures that have been taken against genocide. I strived to find whatsome punishments, laws, and unresolved issues are, along with the question: is it stillhappening today?The origins of my researchI had virtually no prior interest in genocide until I read the book God Grew Tired of Us,ultimately sparking my hunger for the topic. In the novel, the Arabs came down throughsouthern Sudan with one mission: to rid the earth of the Sudanese that were dirty, theChristians. Town after town, innocent people were slaughtered because of what theybelieved in. This senseless bloodshed was not so unlike what I remembered Hitlerdoing to the Jews long ago, and I wanted to understand more about how that couldhappen again. After stumbling across the issue in this book, I felt the urge to proceed onobtaining more knowledge of genocide.Some questions I have about genocide: 1. -What defines genocide?
  • 2. 2. -What started genocide in Darfur? 3. -Who is killing the Darfun blacks? 4. -Is genocide still a major issue today? 5. -Is the term genocide relatively new? 6. -Is genocide a continuous issue? 7. -Are any steps being taken towards genocide? 8. -Is the world intertwined with genocide in Darfur? 9. -What is the status on genocide in Darfur? 10. -What is the president of Darfur doing? 11. -Has genocide in Darfur gotten worse? 12. -How many people have been slaughtered in Darfur? 13. -What is Darfur’s global status? My research plan My plan for collecting information about my topic is to start by researching genocide in books, journals, articles, and documentaries; I’m also going to collaborate with my colleagues who are plundering in the same area. I believe most of my research will be from articles and documentaries, but I also want to press to find a more personal source such as a victim of genocide. I think that most of the written research I find will better my understanding of genocide, and then knowing the story of a victim will put my curiosity on a new personal level. During my research I will be taking notes and mentally logging important aspects of my findings. The web will also be a vital part of my research plan. I will be keeping sites, articles, and facts that I collect in Google Docs for access and edibility. I will also use Scoop.it to conjugate all the information I find into a visual reference; I’ll also use Symbaloo as my home page to easily proceed to all my research from there and have the tools I need at hand, along with use of the CRAAP test to evaluate my information sources. Preliminary bibliography "Genocide." Global Issues in Context Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Global Issues In Context. Web. 25 Oct. 2011.Document URL http://find.galegroup.com/gic/infomark.do? &contentSet=GREF&idigest=b527955b5caccdb4b4a2d40e86fe061a&type=retr ieve&tabID=T002&prodId=GIC&docId=CP3208520051&source=gale&userGro upName=cant48040&version=1.0 "Africa Must Act On Genocide Fugitives On Its Soil [editorial]." Africa News
  • 3. Service 24 June 2009. Global Issues In Context. Web. 25 Oct. 2011.Document URL http://find.galegroup.com/gic/infomark.do?&contentSet=IAC- Documents&idigest=b527955b5caccdb4b4a2d40e86fe061a&type=retrieve&ta bID=T006&prodId=GIC&docId=A202280627&source=gale&userGroupName=c ant48040&version=1.0 Sydney, Robert Milliken. "Australia accused of genocide against aborigines." Independent [London, England] 24 May 1997: 17. Global Issues In Context. Web. 25 Oct. 2011.Document URL http://find.galegroup.com/gic/infomark.do?&contentSet=IAC- Documents&idigest=b527955b5caccdb4b4a2d40e86fe061a&type=retrieve&ta bID=T006&prodId=GIC&docId=CJ67018205&source=gale&userGroupName=c ant48040&version=1.0 "Hate Crimes." Global Issues in Context Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Global Issues In Context. Web. 25 Oct. 2011.Document URL http://find.galegroup.com/gic/infomark.do? &contentSet=GREF&idigest=b527955b5caccdb4b4a2d40e86fe061a&type=retr ieve&tabID=T002&prodId=GIC&docId=CP3208520054&source=gale&userGro upName=cant48040&version=1.0"Glad to be in the land of the bigot." Sunday Times [London, England] 6 Mar. 2011: 15. Global Issues In Context. Web. 25 Oct. 2011.
  • 4. Document URL http://find.galegroup.com/gic/infomark.do?&contentSet=IAC- Documents&idigest=b527955b5caccdb4b4a2d40e86fe061a&type=retrieve&ta bID=T006&prodId=GIC&docId=CJ250760629&source=gale&userGroupName= cant48040&version=1.0 "Glad to be in the land of the bigot." Sunday Times [London, England] 6 Mar. 2011: 15. Global Issues In Context. Web. 25 Oct. 2011.Document URL http://find.galegroup.com/gic/infomark.do?&contentSet=IAC- Documents&idigest=b527955b5caccdb4b4a2d40e86fe061a&type=retrieve&ta bID=T006&prodId=GIC&docId=CJ250760629&source=gale&userGroupName= cant48040&version=1.0