The Gettysburgian

The Gettysburgian

Cover of the Gettysburgian from November 16 1973
The Gettysburgian. November 16, 1973. Courtesy of Special Collections

The Gettysburgian is the school’s newspaper. It is available online from 1897 to the present day. It has functioned much the same over the years as it is a standard format for a newspaper. It reports on happenings at the school as well as the larger news issues of the day through editorials and opinions sections.

The Gettysburgian was helpful for me to use because I was able to search the term “the self” and do a content analysis on the term in different sets of years. Below is a graph of the findings. I looked at each instance of the use of “self” and determined in what way the writers were using the words. The 1936 to 1943 issues represent the modern period while the 1966 to 1973 issues represent the postmodern issues. The categories are the codes that I chose and the numbers on the y-axis represent the number of occurrences of that code. Notice that the postmodern in general has more occurrences of the self, especially when it is talking about the self in terms of improvement, understanding, or the self alone. The modern period has more instances of self-denial.

"The Self" in the Gettysburgian 1936 to 1943 and 1966 to 1973. Postmodern years have more occurrences in general.

An encoded sheet was used to create this graph.

All editions of the Mercury used for this graph may be found online through Special Collections. Special Collections may be found on the fourth floor of Musselman Library. Editions published after 2012 may be found online at the Gettysburgian website.