My Life
Master's Thesis

In June 2004, I successfully defended my Master's Thesis at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. My Master's Thesis was titled, "Contemporary Pirates: An examination of the perceptions and attitudes toward the technology, progression, and battles that surround modern day music piracy in Colleges and Universities". I was completed under the advisement of my major professor, Dr. Samuel J. Sauls, and my Master's Thesis Committee Members, Dr. Kenneth Loomis, Dr. Alan Albarran, and Mr. Maurice Leatherbury. The completion of this thesis allowed me to attain my Master of Arts (MA) degree in Radio, Television, and Film.

My Master's Thesis outlined the history and progression of online music piracy in the United States, and addressed four research questions which aimed to determine why individuals choose to engage in the file sharing of copyrighted music online. While completing my Master's Thesis, I conducted a pilot study which examined the attitudes and perceptions of a small group of students at the University of North Texas. There were 22 total participants in my pilot study, who were each administered an online music file sharing survey, a Defining Issues Test (DIT), and participated in a small focus group. The final thesis was officially completed and filed with the University of North Texas in August 2004, and contained 156 pages, 25 tables, 2 illustrations, and 123 reference titles.