Research Proposal

April 26, 2010

Research Question: Do the Olympics benefit the host country economically?

In the beginning of my research I started to look into the Olympics.  The Winter Olympics just ended, the Summer Olympics are on the way in two years, and Brazil was just selected to be the host country for the 2016 Summer Olympics, I thought this was an appropriate topic to research.  The Olympics is a very broad topic to research.  I know I needed to narrow this topic down, so doing research would be easier.

Because the Olympics is such a general topic, it was hard for me to narrow the topic down.  I thought long and hard about what I should research about the Olympics.  After many hours of research, I found a topic that I was satisfied with.  Being a business major i wanted to correlate the Olympics with business.   This is where i managed to narrow my topic down. I also was interested in this topic because Chicago was in the running to be the host country for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  One of the reasons Chicago did not get the bid for the host country was because of financial issues.  This is where I thought of the question, “Does The host country of the Olympics benefit economically?” I always wondered what economic impact the Olympics had on the host country.  Countries dream of being the host country for the Olympics, but does it actually benefit them economically?  Before doing research I would assume that the host country would make a profit, because why would they want to do something they know they will lose money in.  After doing some research I discovered most countries lose money from the Olympics.  In my paper I will use statistics from previous host countries and research how future host countries are preparing for the Olympics.

Precis #1

“Economic Benefits Of Hosting The Olympic Games.” http://www.a1articles.com. 10 Feb. 2010. Web. 26 Apr. 2010. <http://www.a1articles.com/article_1388735_32.html&gt;.

In this article,  the author argues how the host country can benefit from the Olympics.  The author supports his argument by presenting information on how the host country can benefit economically in the long run and also short term.  The author talks about the benefits the host country can receive from the Olympics in order to explain how the exposure of the host country will gain revenue and other benefits.  The intended audience is for sport’s analysts and other country’s that are interested in hosting the Olympics.

Precis #2

Austen, Ian. “A $1 Billion Hangover From an Olympic Party.” http://www.cnbc.com. 25 Feb. 2010. Web. 26 Apr. 2010. <http://www.cnbc.com/id/35581780/A_1_Billion_Hangover_From_an_Olympic_Party&gt;.
In this article, Austen claims that Vancouver suffered financially from the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Austen supports his argument by showing how much money Vancouver lost from the Olympics and the other hardships the country suffered.  Austen shows evidence that Vancouver suffered from the Olympics in order to show that hosting the Olympics doesn’t only bring benefits to the host country.  The intended audience is for countries that have suffered financially from the Olympics.
Precis #3

Koba, Mark. “The Money Pit That’s Become Hosting Olympic Games.” http://www.cnbc.com. 10 Feb. 2010. Web. 26 Apr. 2010. <http://www.cnbc.com/id/34844120/The_Money_Pit_That_s_Become_Hosting_Olympic_Games&gt;.

In this article, Koba argues that hosting the Olympics will cause a net loss financially.  Koba supports his ideas by showing financial statistics from past host countries.  Koba shows financial statistics in order to show evidence that the host country loses money instead of making profit.  The intended audience is for the accountants and finance department of the Olympics.


Preliminary Research Question

April 20, 2010

Does the Olympics benefit the host country economically?


Interrupted Reading Analysis

April 7, 2010

The painting, “Interrupted Reading” by Carot was not an easy topic to research.  An in depth description of this painting was rather hard to come across.  After researching I believe I have a better understanding of what Carot is trying to portray in the painting.  Jean- Baptiste- Camille Carot was a French painter who specialized in landscapes and paintings about nature.  Carot did not start painting portraits until later in his career.  One of Carot’s more recognized painting is “Interrupted Reading.”  The painting consists of a woman staring into space with a book in her left hand.  The woman is not reading the book, but instead staring into space.  Some people might believe the woman might have a lot on her mind or could be preoccupied with other things.  The woman is slouched over in her chair and looks to be somewhat depressed.  The painting was created in the 1800’s, which was known as a time of depression.  This lead me to believe the woman was depressed in the painting.

At the beginning of my research it was very hard to find credible sources.  After time, finding credible sources became easier.  After researching several different encyclopedias I was able to use evidence to support my research and statements.


Conlon, James. “Men Reading Women Reading Interpreting Images of Women Readers.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 26.2 (2005) 37-38.

Author: Jean Baptiste Camille Carot

Source: Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1

Published by: The Art Institute of Chicago


Interrupted Reading, 1870

April 5, 2010

Precis #1


In this article the author explains how Carot’s work can be categorized into three different groups.  The author explains what Carot has done during his career as a painter.  The author talks about Carot’s work in order to show the reader how his experiences as a painter has made him successful.  This article is intended for people that enjoy Carot’s artwork.

Precis #2

“Corot, Jean Baptiste Camille (1796-1875) – 1865-70 Interrupted Reading.” Flickr. 6 Feb. 2009. Web. 31 Mar. 2010. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/32357038@N08/3258699139/&gt;.

In this article, the author claims that Jean Baptiste Camille Carot did not like to work on one piece of art at a time, but would rather start a painting and come back to it later.  The author of the article talks about how Carot’s painting styles changed throughout his career.  He explains why Carot’s styles changed in order for the reader to understand Carot as the unique artist that he was.  This article was intended for people that appreciated Carot’s artwork and people who wanted to know more about Carot.

Precis #3

The author of this article states that Carot has succeeded in painting landscape and nature paintings. The author says Carot celebrates the countryside without giving recognition to labor.  The author talks about Carot’s paintings on nature in order to emphasize Carot’s passion for nature.


WRD 104

April 3, 2010

primary source: Tupac- http://www.poster.net/tupac/tupac-thug-life-4900917.jpg

My primary source is the picture of Tupac’s Thug Life tattoo.

secondary source: http://www.articlesbase.com/art-articles/thug-tattoos-all-about-thug-tattoos-1046985.html

My secondary source explains why Tupac put the words “Thug Life” on his stomach.  “This is to show his belief of the “thug code”, which means to succeed in life even when you have nothing, and to overcome all difficulties and obstacles in life to reach your aim.”

Tertiary- http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=thug%20life&page=2

My tertiary source explains the definition of “Thug Life”.  Tupac’s tattoo means The Hate You Give Little Infants F*cks Everybody.