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"Serving Sinners, Comforting Saints And Increasing Faith": The Reverend Edythe Stirlen's Imagined Radio Church Community, Arlecia Deandra Simmons Dec 2009

"Serving Sinners, Comforting Saints And Increasing Faith": The Reverend Edythe Stirlen's Imagined Radio Church Community, Arlecia Deandra Simmons

Theses and Dissertations

In the early 1920s, commercial radio presented many possibilities, including the nationalization of the listening audience, professional opportunities for women, the ability for ministers to spread the gospel, and access to the world for geographically isolated listeners. The media ministry of the Rev. Edythe Elem Swartz Stirlen operated outside the confines of a brick-and-mortar church and created an imagined religious community of congregants. Through the Shenandoah, Iowa, based Radio Church of the Air program, the Send Out Sunshine magazine, and the Send Out Sunshine Clubs, Stirlen and her virtual parishioners created images of communion they interpreted and used to maintain ...


Identity Negotiation On Facebook.Com, Lee Keenan Farquhar Jul 2009

Identity Negotiation On Facebook.Com, Lee Keenan Farquhar

Theses and Dissertations

This study examines identity presentations on the online social networking site, Facebook.com. The two-phase research design includes a period of participant observation of a sample of 346 college students and recent graduates followed by an interview period with a sample subset of 48 interviewees. The study analyzes key performance components on the site using a symbolic interaction perspective, to determine common characteristics of Facebook profiles, importance of performance components, and categories of identity performance.

Identity performance components are broken into two general categories, static and dynamic. Dynamic components, those that are updated frequently and drive much of the activity ...