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Transparent Communication Effectiveness: Consumer Attitudes Towards Luxury Brands, Madison Moye Apr 2019

Transparent Communication Effectiveness: Consumer Attitudes Towards Luxury Brands, Madison Moye

Advertising, Public Relations & Media Design Undergraduate Honors Theses

This study proposed and tested a model of transparent communication effectiveness on luxury brands. The term, luxury brand, can be defined into two categories: enduring and ephemeral. This study analyzes one brand, Hermès, and places the brand into the two categories as well as implementing strategies of transparency. Testing if Hermès as an enduring brand with transparency could elicit positive results. This study employed a 2 (transparency vs. no transparency) x 2 (enduring vs. ephemeral) factorial experiment, where it tested consumer’s attitudes towards these conditions. The results of this experiment did not support the hypothesized model; however ...


Building Heroes: Collegiate Esports, Character Formation, And Community Building, Cesar Iza Castillo Jr Apr 2019

Building Heroes: Collegiate Esports, Character Formation, And Community Building, Cesar Iza Castillo Jr

Media Studies Undergraduate Honors Theses

The purpose of this thesis is to examine the nascent collegiate esports industry and the communities that have formed along with it. Specifically, the thesis aims to answer the questions of what the skills one can acquire through esports are, what is the nature of such communities, and how notions of masculine identity are formed through them. These questions were answered by acquiring qualitative data through participant observation and in-depth interviews of an esports team at the University of Colorado Boulder. There are three levels to the results. First, esports provide a cultural battleground in which the notions of what ...


Bruce Mutsvairo (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook Of Media And Communication Research In Africa, Gregory Gondwe Jan 2019

Bruce Mutsvairo (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook Of Media And Communication Research In Africa, Gregory Gondwe

University Libraries Open Access Fund Supported Publications

To many scholars around the world, African media and communication research is either a terra incognita or an amalgamation of Western thought. The theories that underpin media and communication research in Africa are deeply rooted in the frameworks of Western thought. And it is through these lenses that African scholars execute and operationalize Communication Research in Africa. This book, therefore, provides new approaches for undertaking media and communication scholarship in the postcolonial era. It highlights a number of approaches adopted to navigate and interrogate issues that Western theoretical frameworks are incapable of answering. It further suggests new frontiers for rethinking ...


The Implications Of Digital Technologies For The Lds Church And For Orthodox, Heterodox, And Post-Mormon Identity, Ryan Scott Bartlett Jan 2019

The Implications Of Digital Technologies For The Lds Church And For Orthodox, Heterodox, And Post-Mormon Identity, Ryan Scott Bartlett

Media Studies Theses & Dissertations

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been experiencing an information crisis that stems from the rise of the Internet and from digital technologies more broadly. The contemporary speed at which information flows, coupled with the ability that individuals now have to bypass traditional sources of religious authority and engage in horizontal communication and the production of alternative Mormon- themed texts and discourses online has caused LDS leaders to lose some of the control over Church- related discourse that they have customarily enjoyed for nearly 200 years.

As sensitive information about the Church is disseminated into widely-accessible digital ...


Benefits Of Large, Medium, And Small Grain Instruction For English-Speaking Adults Learning To Read Hangul, Emily Heneman, Christine Brennan Jan 2019

Benefits Of Large, Medium, And Small Grain Instruction For English-Speaking Adults Learning To Read Hangul, Emily Heneman, Christine Brennan

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Abstract

Bilingualism is a growing global norm and a requirement for many aspects of business and politics, motivating the need for research focused on second language (L2) learning. Research on L2 orthographic acquisition indicates that several factors play a role in learning to read in a new language, including similarities and differences between the orthographies of the L1 (first language) and L2, orthographic depth and consistency, and the method of reading instruction. This study compares three forms of instruction provided to English-speaking adults learning to read Hangul Korean. Instruction provided an initial focus on either small grain units (letters), medium ...


News Believability & Trustworthiness On African Online Networks: An Experimental Design, Gregory Gondwe Oct 2018

News Believability & Trustworthiness On African Online Networks: An Experimental Design, Gregory Gondwe

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Contributions

The aim of this experimental study is two-fold: First, it seeks to find out what kind of news source is most believable in Africa between those generated by the West and those generated within the African continent. Second, it measures the levels of contagion within those news stories from two different continents. Using Zambian and Tanzanian online news sources, the study employs experiments to determine the acceptability of a news story, and its level of contagion. The main significance of this study is to examine NWICO and the McBride Commission’s arguments on the imbalance flow of information, and whether ...


Rapping In The Clouds: Shifting Identities And Metamodern Tendencies In Internet Hip-Hop, Scott Hicken Apr 2018

Rapping In The Clouds: Shifting Identities And Metamodern Tendencies In Internet Hip-Hop, Scott Hicken

Media Studies Undergraduate Honors Theses

The current anxieties and insecurities of identity felt by many in the wake of globalization exhibits a need for a shift in the way we see ourselves and the Other. In order to demonstrate one example of this shift, I will analyze a growing hip-hop scene heavily influenced by the Internet, and how it is fostering new pathways of cultural interaction and a resulting fluidity in the process of identity formation. I will first lay down a theoretical framework for such a shift using the works of cultural theorist Stuart Hall and postcolonial philosopher Édouard Glissant, as well as French ...


“Obviously, I Kept It Slightly Vague”: An Analysis Of How Recovering Alcoholics Disclose Their Alcoholic Identity To A Romantic Partner, Grace Musselman Apr 2018

“Obviously, I Kept It Slightly Vague”: An Analysis Of How Recovering Alcoholics Disclose Their Alcoholic Identity To A Romantic Partner, Grace Musselman

Communication Undergraduate Honors Theses

The purpose of this study is to understand how recovering alcoholics manage stigma and conduct facework when disclosing their alcoholic identity to a romantic partner. While studies analyzing other contexts, including the workplace and parties, show topic avoidance as a successful approach to alcoholic disclosure, topic avoidance does not work in romantic relationships due to the need for a higher level of intimacy. Therefore, recovering alcoholics must approach the disclosure in a way that both maintains privacy, to minimize stigma and illustrates honesty, to increase intimacy. To better understand how alcoholics manage this tension when disclosing, this study utilized Craig ...


Another 27 Club Member: An Examination Of Amy Winehouse’S Life And Death Through Lifestyle, Media, And Death Ritual, Benna Coben Jan 2018

Another 27 Club Member: An Examination Of Amy Winehouse’S Life And Death Through Lifestyle, Media, And Death Ritual, Benna Coben

Communication Undergraduate Honors Theses

This study examines representations of Amy Winehouse’s death in mass and social media to better understand the ritual of collective mourning in regards to celebrity death. It uses the concept of mediatization to characterize this ritual and the ways that media culture shapes representations and the formation of community within the rock ‘n’ roll culture. The study examines the tabloids’ narrative of Winehouse, as well as statements shared on social media, to better understand the media ritual of celebrity death. The implications of this study call for a closer look at the tabloid expression of celebrity death and a ...


Voiceless Icons No More: The Self-Representations Of Muslim American Lives In Digital Media, Kristin M. Peterson Jan 2018

Voiceless Icons No More: The Self-Representations Of Muslim American Lives In Digital Media, Kristin M. Peterson

Media Studies Theses & Dissertations

With the proposed travel bans in the U.S., niqab bans in Canadian cities, fears over terrorism, attacks on veiled women, and concerns about refugees, Muslim Americans have become prominent icons of larger political issues in North American society. While the images of Muslims have dominated public spaces, the complex lives and significant concerns of Muslim Americans have often gone untold. This study focuses on the creative work that Muslim American youth are producing and circulating through digital media spaces and mobile technologies.

The projects discussed in this study include: the Places You’ll Pray photo series, which documents public ...


Globalizing Media And International News, Francis A. Beer, G. Robert Boynton Jan 2018

Globalizing Media And International News, Francis A. Beer, G. Robert Boynton

Political Science Faculty Contributions

A project summary, listing all articles.


Are Late Night Tv Shows Polarizing Society? Examining The Ambivalence Of New Version Of Political Partisanship In The United States, Gregory Gondwe Dec 2017

Are Late Night Tv Shows Polarizing Society? Examining The Ambivalence Of New Version Of Political Partisanship In The United States, Gregory Gondwe

University Libraries Open Access Fund Supported Publications

This study examines the role that Late-Night Television shows (LNTV) play in the United States. The study used qualitative content analyses to generate themes emerging from 87 respondents from an online survey conducted with 23 LNTV show hosts in the United States. The findings suggest three main things: LNTVS hosts have a partisan affiliation that is contagiously infused into their audience; that LNTV hosts have less freedom to create their own content, therefore, providing less ethical consideration for their audience; and that LNTV shows rank politics as providing most newsworthy content than any other event.


Frontiersmen Are The “Real Men” In Trump’S America: Hegemonic Masculinity At Work On U.S. Cable’S Version Of Blue-Collar Reality, Shannon Eileen Marie O'Sullivan Jan 2017

Frontiersmen Are The “Real Men” In Trump’S America: Hegemonic Masculinity At Work On U.S. Cable’S Version Of Blue-Collar Reality, Shannon Eileen Marie O'Sullivan

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The emergence and popularity of the so-called “blue-collar reality shows” on U.S. cable networks in the past decade provide a critical point of entry for understanding the intersecting relationships between race, gender, social class, and hegemonic constructions of individualism and “authenticity” in U.S. culture and electoral politics. These series center on white, male, heteronormative, working-class subjects whose shared structural location in a class-stratified society remains sublimated in favor of narrative frameworks that emphasize their perceived status as “real men.” These subjects are not configured as raced, gendered, and classed, but as “neutral” or “normal” in relation to these ...


Frontiersmen Are The “Real Men” In Trump’S America: Hegemonic Masculinity At Work On U.S. Cable’S Version Of Blue-Collar Reality, Shannon Eileen Marie O'Sullivan Jan 2017

Frontiersmen Are The “Real Men” In Trump’S America: Hegemonic Masculinity At Work On U.S. Cable’S Version Of Blue-Collar Reality, Shannon Eileen Marie O'Sullivan

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The emergence and popularity of the so-called “blue-collar reality shows” on U.S. cable networks in the past decade provide a critical point of entry for understanding the intersecting relationships between race, gender, social class, and hegemonic constructions of individualism and “authenticity” in U.S. culture and electoral politics. These series center on white, male, heteronormative, working-class subjects whose shared structural location in a class-stratified society remains sublimated in favor of narrative frameworks that emphasize their perceived status as “real men.” These subjects are not configured as raced, gendered, and classed, but as “neutral” or “normal” in relation to these ...


The Mantle Of Literacy, Nathan Michael Senge Jan 2016

The Mantle Of Literacy, Nathan Michael Senge

Journalism Theses & Dissertations

‘Critical’ and ‘cultivated’ literacy, as defined by Richard Hoggart in The Uses of Literacy, are the bedrock of democracy. Without them, ‘communities of dialoguing publics,’ as defined by C. Wright Mills in The Power Elite, which, writ large, comprise that democracy, cannot form. This thesis begins, in Part One, with a one hundred and fifty year canon of cultural theory, beginning with the Victorians, Romantics, and Transcendentalists, who argue that a democracy first and foremost is composed of citizens who demonstrate both the ability of critique and the ability to generate works, whether intellectual or artistic in nature, that are ...


The Information Deficit Model Is Dead. Now What? Evaluating New Strategies For Communicating Anthropogenic Climate Change In The Context Of Contemporary American Politics, Economy, And Culture, Paul Mcdivitt Jan 2016

The Information Deficit Model Is Dead. Now What? Evaluating New Strategies For Communicating Anthropogenic Climate Change In The Context Of Contemporary American Politics, Economy, And Culture, Paul Mcdivitt

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Social science researchers studying the public controversy over Anthropogenic Climate Change (ACC) in the United States have convincingly argued that the “Information Deficit Model” (IDM), which assumes that the public needs more and better information, represents an insufficient strategy for communicating the science and risks of, and solutions to, ACC. Instead, these researchers propose alternative strategies, under the umbrella of what has been called the “contextual model.” These strategies attempt to incorporate social context — in the form of culturally resonant messages, frames, and other rhetorical devices — into communication with the public. Several researchers have even developed rigorous experimental methodologies to ...


Networks Of Many Loves: A History Of Alternative Media In The Polyamory Movement, Megan Hurson Jan 2016

Networks Of Many Loves: A History Of Alternative Media In The Polyamory Movement, Megan Hurson

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examines the role of media and media technologies in the polyamory movement from its emergence in 1984 until present day, 2016. Polyamory individuals and the media they produced have helped educate and support individuals within the polyamory community, as well as create external awareness and increase visibility in the public sphere. The shift from modern traditional communication technologies which fosters one-to-many communication models, to postmodern alternative new media technologies which utilize many-to-many communication models are mapped upon the changing social and cultural landscape as it pertains to identity formation, particularly as it relates to the shift in the ...


Untapped: Fermenting Feminism Through The Craft Beer Movement, Anne Meredith Sugar Jan 2016

Untapped: Fermenting Feminism Through The Craft Beer Movement, Anne Meredith Sugar

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation investigates how the neoliberal turn of the 1980s created a gendered, male space around beer as a function of power and social control designed to subjugate both women and working-class males to the new white-collar hegemonic masculinity in the wake of the second wave of feminism. Research by the beer industry indicates an abandonment of their market by female consumers, and this study contends that hostile gender portrayals in television series and advertisements steered Generation X and millennial women away from the macroindustry beer market. A recent shift in both the media and beer industry from corporate control ...


Didn't We Want To Know? Comparative Analysis Of Local Vs. National Framing Of Gmo Labeling, Annia Quiroz Villa Jan 2015

Didn't We Want To Know? Comparative Analysis Of Local Vs. National Framing Of Gmo Labeling, Annia Quiroz Villa

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

As the agriculture industry and biotechnologies grow and spread, it has become increasingly important to understand the science and policies surrounding it. Most recently the G.M.O labeling debate has had a high profile in the media and the public with three states having bills and initiatives up for vote on this issue. The research question presented was whether local news coverage of G.M.Os was framed more emotionally in comparison to coverage in major newspapers in the U.S. A content analysis was preformed on both local and national newspapers articles on G.M.O labeling and ...


The Nfl: The Cultural Stage For A Shifting American Landscape, Hugo Cordova Jan 2015

The Nfl: The Cultural Stage For A Shifting American Landscape, Hugo Cordova

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The National Football League is more than just the most popular sports league in America. Dominant American discourses that surround American patriotism and popular culture have a parallel in the NFL. This parallel is due to the fact that football is a game uniquely rooted and structured like war. Additionally, many products of the American neo-liberal era are flourishing on the NFL stage. These products include: corporatism, commercialization, consumer culture, and aggressive competition. The violent nature of the game invites notions of militarism and war that fit seamlessly with the game’s identity. Militarism, being a symbol that protects the ...


Barren Or Bountiful?: Analysis Of Cultural Values In Popular Media Representations Of Infertility, Brooke Weihe Edge Jan 2015

Barren Or Bountiful?: Analysis Of Cultural Values In Popular Media Representations Of Infertility, Brooke Weihe Edge

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Infertility and infertility treatments appear more often on TV and film today than in prior generations. One might believe that because the infertility experience is represented more frequently in popular media that the surrounding culture is more comfortable with supporting infertile men and women as they navigate their condition and potentially pursue treatment or adoption. This may be the case, but is not the only simple answer. Upon analysis, questions arise regarding how assisted reproductive technology is depicted—as opportunity or threat—and what the women who employ it look like. Are women identified in popular media as infertile of ...


Gamifying Education For Millennials: It’S More Than Just A Video Game, John Francis Mazzo Jan 2015

Gamifying Education For Millennials: It’S More Than Just A Video Game, John Francis Mazzo

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study examines the appeal and success of digital gaming. It notes the past and present studies emphasizing the negative aspects of digital gaming; however, it counters those arguments with findings of research supporting the positive outcomes enjoyed by many gamers, as well as the benefits of harnessing its engaging components, one of which being a heightened flow state. Secondly, it explores the more recent gamification trend by understanding the successful gaming components utilized by this application and how they may be applied to engage a large user-audience, eventually highlighting the need to incorporate gamification into online, mobile platforms geared ...


Anti-Intellectualism In The Age Of Contested Knowledge Production: Perpetual Inaction, When Ideas Constrain Discourse, Jesse Benn Jan 2015

Anti-Intellectualism In The Age Of Contested Knowledge Production: Perpetual Inaction, When Ideas Constrain Discourse, Jesse Benn

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis is a qualitative, critical inquiry, which demarcates a new era of anti-intellectualism. By using think tanks as a heuristic device, two new conceptual terms, each meant to capture prevailing iterations of anti-intellectualism in contemporary society, are offered. Once established, a case study examines changes to the University of Colorado’s nondiscrimination policy. This provides insight into the ways this new era of anti-intellectualism and its new dimensions impact institutions of knowledge production. The corrupting influence of money and politics on the production of intellectual ideas has come to define modern anti-intellectualism, and the problematic impacts of this milieu ...


News In The Shadow Of War, John Jefferson Lumpkin Jan 2015

News In The Shadow Of War, John Jefferson Lumpkin

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Theories over the role of news coverage in war and peace differ significantly in how much ability they afford the news media to affect public opinion and policy and the media’s overall relationship with political and economic power. This study offers a synthesized game theoretic model that asserts these theoretical stories can all be true, depending on the conditions in which a country’s media operates. It also finds evidence that a particular, invisible outcome of the model – that an independent news media in a state can deter that state from participating in wars – indeed occurs. Finally, the study ...


Publics And Counterpublics On The Front Page Of The Internet: The Cultural Practices, Technological Affordances, Hybrid Economics And Politics Of Reddit's Public Sphere, Noah Jerome Springer Jan 2015

Publics And Counterpublics On The Front Page Of The Internet: The Cultural Practices, Technological Affordances, Hybrid Economics And Politics Of Reddit's Public Sphere, Noah Jerome Springer

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation represents an in depth examination of the cultural practices, technological affordances and political economic forces that inform the publics and counterpublics formed on the website reddit. Through interpretivist netnography, textual analysis and document analysis, the research presented here establishes a variety of different events (both historical and contemporary) and discourses that have taken place on the site and shows how these events and discourses are emblematic of contemporary neoliberal ideologies. Drawing on the theoretical tradition of the “public sphere” established by Jürgen Habermas, this research concludes that reddit shows the potential for an effective public sphere through digital ...


The National Endowment For Democracy: Theory, Context, And Practice, Albert Jesse Opraseuth Jan 2015

The National Endowment For Democracy: Theory, Context, And Practice, Albert Jesse Opraseuth

Media Studies Theses & Dissertations

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have a unique place in the realm of development. These organizations present themselves as autonomous collectives acting through the shared will of civil society in an attempt to make the world a better place. One such organization is the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The NED has an interesting relationship with how it functions as a nonprofit. Since its inception the organization has been shrouded in criticism for the way it functions and distributes the money it gets allocated from the United States Government. What is investigated in this thesis is the manner in which the NED ...


The Domestic War On Terror: Surveillance, Media And Police Militarization At Protests, Colleen Carroll Mihal Jan 2015

The Domestic War On Terror: Surveillance, Media And Police Militarization At Protests, Colleen Carroll Mihal

Media Studies Theses & Dissertations

President George W. Bush and his administration reacted to the attacks on September 11, 2001 by declaring a “war on terrorism” and enacting policies that expanded executive power, restricted civil liberties, violated civil rights, and increased surveillance powers. These processes can be described as a state of exception (Agamben, 2005; Ericson, 2007; Scheppele, 2004). During a state of exception, it is believed, or at least proclaimed, that the exceptional nature of the times defies the ability of the normal legal order to cope with the crisis, requiring exceptional and extra-legal measures

Despite the centrality and indispensability of communication to a ...


Future Of Story: Transmedia Journalism And National Geographic’S Future Of Food Project, Kevin Timothy Moloney Jan 2015

Future Of Story: Transmedia Journalism And National Geographic’S Future Of Food Project, Kevin Timothy Moloney

ATLAS Institute Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation describes the techniques of transmedia storytelling and examines them in the context of journalism. Its principle case study explores the National Geographic Society’s (NGS) Future of Food project as an example of transmedia journalism. Having many proprietary media channels, the NGS is uniquely positioned to produce expansive stories on complex issues. The case study is contextualized through the history of the organization and staff interviews about structural and philosophical changes there. The project is qualitatively analyzed for its use of media form, media channel and story expansion. The structure of the network of stories is quantitatively analyzed ...


Media Tales Of Two Coastal Cities: Exploring The Coverage Of Sea Level Rise In New York City And New Orleans, Nicolene Judith Durham Jul 2014

Media Tales Of Two Coastal Cities: Exploring The Coverage Of Sea Level Rise In New York City And New Orleans, Nicolene Judith Durham

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The study of climate change communications is an area of research that’s relatively new, changing and considerably important as the climate itself evolves. Analyses of climate change in the media have examined the impact of ideology, the power dynamics and politics over who speaks for the climate, and implications of the way climate change is framed. This study media effects and climate change communications, in order to showcase the unique “tale of two coastal cities,” considering a case study that compares New York City, New York and New Orleans, Louisiana. The study first explores a background of each region ...


Representation Of Children And The 'Other' In Black Hawk Down (2001) And Hotel Rwanda (2004), Kevin Myles Mcmillon May 2014

Representation Of Children And The 'Other' In Black Hawk Down (2001) And Hotel Rwanda (2004), Kevin Myles Mcmillon

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

During the early 1990s a humanitarian intervention for famine in Somalia turned warlike and in influenced the decision by Western nations to not intervene in during the genocide in Rwanda. In the early 2000s the films Black Hawk Down (2001) and Hotel Rwanda (2004) were made about their respective situations, each with their own ideological slants about whether or not intervention in African conflicts is the right America. Through textual analysis I examined both films to determine how their depictions of children and the ‘Other’ are used to promote each film’s opinionated stories and paint a picture either in ...