Archives for the ‘communication’ Category

Abstract: The History, Function, and Significance of Semaphore Telegraph Towers

By • Apr 16th, 2018 • Category: communication, history, Honors Thesis, Research

I will conduct research on semaphore telegraph tower systems, the technology which was the fastest method of communication in existence from the 1790s until the invention of the electric telegraph and Morse code in the 1830s. The system consisted of lines of towers which crossed the countryside, set at distances so that each could be […]

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The Evolutionary Benefits and Purpose of Music

By • Mar 22nd, 2018 • Category: communication, Honors Thesis, Research

The Question I remember sitting in the car with my father on a long eight hour journey back from William and Mary, scrolling through playlist after playlist of music on Spotify. A question suddenly occurred to me; what is the purpose of music?  How can seemingly random pulses of air hitting our eardrums prompt such […]

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Coconuts and Peaches: A Comparison of German and American Relational Styles

By • Mar 15th, 2012 • Category: communication, Honors Thesis, Research

A common metaphor used to describe German and American communication and relationship styles compares the two cultures to “coconuts and peaches”. In this metaphor, the core of the fruit is the private sphere of the self that is only exposed…



Nocturne in E flat major

By • Dec 13th, 2008 • Category: communication, Honors Thesis, popular science, Research, William and Mary

It’s three in the morning (not exactly 4 am, but the metaphor holds true here). I should be working on graduate applications (due in two days), but I can’t focus.  I passed out this afternoon before I could make a second pot of coffee and ended up napping for about 8 hours (my roommate must […]



Wikis and Research

By • Jul 9th, 2008 • Category: communication, dissertation, Honors Thesis, Research, wiki

Recently, I used a wiki to work on a group project for class. It worked out really well, all of our thoughts and ideas were together in one place, and it was easy to accomplish a group task over a holiday weekend with no meetings! So it got me to thinking… what if I created […]

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