Jacob Garrett Research Paper

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In high school, a group of friends introduced me to Jacob Garrett: he would soon introduce me to the DIY music scene. I remember, in fact, the day I first saw his band, Clearviews, perform: in a twenty-feet-by-twenty-feet room, about twenty people packed together in order to listen to punk music. Let me clarity, these people, by societal standards, may be labeled “misfits.” For this reason: I felt at home. After coming home and researching, however, it turned out that many DIY artists were social outcasts-- as were their listeners. From the rapper “Milo,” a self-proclaimed “nerd” who studied Philosophy of Language, to “Nouns,” a punk band with representation from those on the autism spectrum, the DIY scene was full of “misfits!” And I connected…show more content…
It seems that, nowadays, moshing is being abandoned for its dangerous qualities. For this reason, staff may be implemented for the purpose of seeking out violent activity. And for those who do not wish to mosh, there will be plenty of couches away the the mosh-pit. Moshing will not be abolished: under the right circumstances, it can exist as a safe medium for self-expression, and the DIY Project recognizes this. With the ‘Specific’ part of SMART expressed, let us move on. Can one measure the DIY Project’s goals? Yes: there are three steps to the ‘Measure’ aspect. First off, someone ought to count how many people enter the venue: the more people that come, the more “misfits,” and others, find a place tailored for them. Essentially, with a regular headcount it becomes obvious whether the DIY Project grows or not. Second, the walls, where people spray paint and post polaroids, will be observed weekly for new pieces of self-expression. This allows for us to know whether or not people are partaking in the self-expression aspect of the DIY Project. If many pieces of self-expression are observed, then there is no need for further action. However, if pieces of self-expression start to come more slowly, then action may need to be taken in order to help these “misfits” express themselves more…show more content…
Now, seeing as though the measurable aspect of SMART has been expressed, let us move to its next part. When speaking about the ‘attainability’ of the DIY Project, in general, the goals are very attainable: there already exist similar venues. So, without absolute perfection, this idea is attainable. We simply invite musicians to play, we invite people to listen, and we invite people to create art. Again, this is attainable. However, there is one aspect of the DIY Project that may be unattainable: a alcohol/drug free venue. Unfortunately, some people enjoy sneaking such substances into venues. For this reason, we will publically exhibit our disdain for drugs and alcohol in the venue: it ruins the experience for too many people (speaking from prior-knowledge). Also, there must be staff that watches for drug and alcohol usage. This, in the end, may only allow for substance usage to become lower than most venues. In sum, then, the DIY Project may not be able to rid itself of all drugs and alcohol, but it can minimize the presence of such
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