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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


“Traveling To Dangerous And Far-Flung Locales”: Representations Of The Other In Web-Based Travel Journalism, Lucia Mulherin Palmer Jan 2013

“Traveling To Dangerous And Far-Flung Locales”: Representations Of The Other In Web-Based Travel Journalism, Lucia Mulherin Palmer

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

International travel and tourism has increased dramatically over the past sixty years, causing it to become one of the largest global commercial industries. An increase in the prominence and quantity of travel journalism across various media platforms has accompanied the rise of the activity of international travel. This paper examines the discourse on "Other" cultures constructed through rhetorical strategies and representations in a web-based travel show, The Vice Guide to Travel. Although most travel research comes from an industry and market-driven point of view, there is a large body of research that critiques the implications of travel-related media, in particular ...


Pins, Portals And Purchases: Examining The Potential For Credibility Carryover Effects On Pintrest, Olga Kharitonova Jan 2013

Pins, Portals And Purchases: Examining The Potential For Credibility Carryover Effects On Pintrest, Olga Kharitonova

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In 2012, America's third-largest social network was still entirely a startup. As one of the fastest-growing major websites in history, Pinterest.com has quickly established itself among the ranks of Facebook, Twitter and other social media behemoths. Pinterest's placement alongside increasingly visual web design and increasing e-commerce activity supports the possibility that emotion-laden visual stimuli may be one of the driving forces behind e-commerce through channels of visual persuasion, as proposed by Barry's Perception Theory. Research regarding the highly visual nature of credibility judgments supports this, showing that credibility assessments influence e-commerce spending. Through its extraordinary success ...


Policy For Culture’S Sake? Cultural Theory, Popular Music, And The Canadian State, Joseph Leigh Terry Jan 2013

Policy For Culture’S Sake? Cultural Theory, Popular Music, And The Canadian State, Joseph Leigh Terry

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

At the conclusion of his seminal essay, “Culture is Ordinary,” cultural theorist Raymond Williams intones that “the ordinary people should govern; that culture and education are ordinary; that there are no masses to save, to capture, or to direct.”

Williams’s passage captures the heart of his intellectual project and the central conflict in the development of cultural policy: the hierarchical separation of culture seen as a “whole way of life” and as “arts and learning.” Within cultural policy, this split is constructed at times as the democratization of culture (culture as civilizing) or cultural democracy (better access to the ...


Climate Change In Popular Magazines: The Role Of Long Form Journalism In Communicating ‘The Most Important Issue Of Our Time’, Katherine Doan Nettles Jan 2013

Climate Change In Popular Magazines: The Role Of Long Form Journalism In Communicating ‘The Most Important Issue Of Our Time’, Katherine Doan Nettles

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study investigates the previously unstudied role that popular magazines, as a form of soft news, potentially have in framing climate change debates, by carrying messages about the issue in ways that traditional media research has overlooked. This is done using content analysis to identify frequency of coverage and framing themes of climate change existence, causes, implications, and solutions.

With monthly circulations as high as 23 million per magazine, and a diverse audience that includes the American working class, magazines in this study vary widely across genres in their coverage and presentation of climate change from framing, sourcing, and policy ...


Buycotting Chick-Fil-A: A Tale Of Religion, Politics And Consumption, Victoria Leigh Hannon Jan 2013

Buycotting Chick-Fil-A: A Tale Of Religion, Politics And Consumption, Victoria Leigh Hannon

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In the summer of 2012, the Chick-fil-A controversy took over the media. At its center was an article featuring Dan Cathy, COO of Chick-fil-A and accusations of homophobia. This controversy broadened to include activist on both sides and incorporate a wide range of activist tools. Through a case study of this controversy, a few items are made obvious. The most prominent is that boycotting is no longer likely to be a successful mode of activism. Rather buycotting, using purchasing power to reward companies, is likely to become the dominate mode of activism moving forward. More broadly, in this thesis I ...


Hate Speech In Social Media: An Exploration Of The Problem And Its Proposed Solutions, Caitlin Elizabeth Ring Jan 2013

Hate Speech In Social Media: An Exploration Of The Problem And Its Proposed Solutions, Caitlin Elizabeth Ring

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Social media are rife with hate speech. A quick glance through the comments section of a racially charged YouTube video demonstrates how pervasive the problem is. Although most major social media companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter have their own policies regarding whether and what kinds of hate speech are permitted on their sites, the policies are often inconsistently applied and can be difficult for users to understand.

Many of the decisions made by the content removal teams at these organizations are not nearly as speech protective as the First Amendment and U.S. Supreme Court precedent on the ...


Revising The Rulebook, Revamping An Industry: Objectivity And Professional Journalism In Transition In The Modern Media Ecology, Christina Lefevre-Gonzalez Jan 2013

Revising The Rulebook, Revamping An Industry: Objectivity And Professional Journalism In Transition In The Modern Media Ecology, Christina Lefevre-Gonzalez

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Journalistic objectivity, a key journalism ethic in American newsrooms for much of the twentieth century, is a concept often taken for granted in journalism ethics. Despite its seemingly unimpeachable role in mainstream newsrooms, recent publications by media scholars and critics have interrogated the concept's continued applicability in today's more fluid, digitized media ecology. Little research, however, has clarified whether journalists continue to adhere to the objectivity standard in their work. Likewise, little research has investigated whether objectivity continues to be taught, or how educators address the concept in journalism ethics classrooms at the university level.

By interviewing journalists ...


Underreported Stories On Climate Change And Coral Reefs In These Times Of Diminishing International Reporting: Mining The Scholarly Literature Through Regular Annotated Bibliographies, Lucy Anne Higgins Jan 2013

Underreported Stories On Climate Change And Coral Reefs In These Times Of Diminishing International Reporting: Mining The Scholarly Literature Through Regular Annotated Bibliographies, Lucy Anne Higgins

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The goal of this project is to explore solutions to the increasingly difficult challenge of covering international environmental topics, such as coral reefs and climate change, during times of constrained budgets, shrinking environmental reporting, and disappearing foreign news bureaus. In this context of limited resources, this study explores whether the periodic bibliographic review of scholarly literature may offer a low-expense avenue for news organizations to sustain or even increase the breadth and depth of coverage of these important topics. This study compares coverage of coral reefs and climate change in scholarly journal articles (2007-2011) to those in the popular press ...


The Politics Of Mediating Female Sexual Subjectivity: Feminist Pornography And The Production Of Cultural Variation, Rachael Anne Liberman Jan 2013

The Politics Of Mediating Female Sexual Subjectivity: Feminist Pornography And The Production Of Cultural Variation, Rachael Anne Liberman

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Over the last thirty years, feminist pornography has steadily grown as a filmic genre that stands in opposition to the formulaic sexual discourse produced by the mainstream pornography industry. This emergent genre, known for its resistive interest in constructing diverse portrayals of female sexuality, operates at various controversial intersections—including feminism and pornography—and is slowly beginning to penetrate popular culture. This dissertation aims to account for a descriptive gap in porn studies and feminist media studies literature, and most importantly, works to theorize the cultural impact of this genre as a discursive attempt to mediate female sexuality within conventional ...


Revolution And Restoration: Mediating The Experience Of The Red Brigades., Marco Briziarelli Jan 2012

Revolution And Restoration: Mediating The Experience Of The Red Brigades., Marco Briziarelli

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The study explores the communicative practices of the Italian radical group Red Brigades (BR), the relationship the group established with the Italian press, and the specific social historical context in which the BR developed both its own self-understanding and the complex dialectical connection with the social whole. I provide an interpretation of the experience of the BR as a group that wanted to make history and ended up being subjected to it.

In relation to both scholarly treatment and popular perceptions, which tend for the most part to depict the BR as an "absolute negation" of the constitutive values of ...


Critical Media Literacy In Action: Uniting Theory, Practice And Politics In Media Education, Benjamin Joseph Thevenin Jan 2012

Critical Media Literacy In Action: Uniting Theory, Practice And Politics In Media Education, Benjamin Joseph Thevenin

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

As media literacy is a growing field, there exist a number of distinct approaches to media education with varied political significance. Approaches such as protectionism, media arts education, and critical media literacy draw upon diverse theoretical traditions. Often overlooked in these traditions is the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School. By implementing some key theoretical concepts from the work of the Frankfurt School into the design of a media education program, this project intends to test an approach to media literacy education that encourages critical political participation among young people. This program was conducted at an high school in Denver ...


“You’Ve Got To Be Realistic”: The Political And Economic Challenges Of Documentary Filmmakers In Boulder And Denver, Colorado, Anthony Reichl Collebrusco Jan 2012

“You’Ve Got To Be Realistic”: The Political And Economic Challenges Of Documentary Filmmakers In Boulder And Denver, Colorado, Anthony Reichl Collebrusco

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Documentary film is an increasingly popular genre and due to cheap filmmaking technologies, there are more documentary films being produced than ever before. Yet, despite the democratization of production, documentary filmmakers still face a number of challenges when it comes to funding, producing, and distributing their films. Copyright issues are a popular area of focus, but the cost of copyright clearance is not the only difficulty facing filmmakers. This qualitative study of documentary filmmakers explores the particular challenges faced by documentary filmmakers in Boulder and Denver, Colorado and places them in the context of historical figures and films of the ...


The Mythologies Of Modernity With A Schizophrenic Network Dynamic, Olga Baysha Jan 2012

The Mythologies Of Modernity With A Schizophrenic Network Dynamic, Olga Baysha

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

It is well documented that the attempts of various societies to modernize themselves lead not only to appropriations of modernity, but also to popular disillusionment: the loss of hope for quick positive changes or even realization that those changes were unnecessary. Using the case study of Gorbachev’s perestroika, this thesis shows: The seeds of popular post-revolutionary frustration should be sought in pre-revolutionary discourses on democracy, market, liberalism, and other concepts of Western modernity that are produced outside local contexts and introduced through the channels of global communication and the interpretations of journalists, politicians, activists, and experts. Through such interpretations ...


Media And Minkaohan Uyghurs: Representation, Reaction, And Resistance, Liang Zheng Jan 2011

Media And Minkaohan Uyghurs: Representation, Reaction, And Resistance, Liang Zheng

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Chinese media have seen a grand transformation since the 1980s. However, the relationship between Chinese media and its 56 ethnic minority groups is underresearched. This dissertation intends to contribute to this field by examining media and in the context of the Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim people who reside in China’s far west Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Uyghurs number nine million, and consequently this research focuses on a sub-group of them: Minkaohan, who are ethnic Uyghurs who have attended Mandarin-language schools.

This dissertation examines the post 9/11 representation of Uyghurs in Chinese state media and shows how Minkaoahan react ...


War, Masculinity And Gaming In The Military Entertainment Complex: A Case Study Of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Kyle Kontour Jan 2011

War, Masculinity And Gaming In The Military Entertainment Complex: A Case Study Of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Kyle Kontour

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Over the last decade, critical scholars have pointed to the acceleration of the cultural, aesthetic, technological and political economic ties between the military and entertainment industries, noting both its synergistic nature and the purported effects of militarism on an already masculinized, technophilic culture of gaming. This may have deleterious effects on society, where videogame players may be trained to think like soldiers—both in terms of combat performance and hegemonic military masculinity. Utilizing game studies methods of textual analysis and cyberethnography, and drawing on critical work concerning war and masculinity, this dissertation argues that while it is true that games ...


On The Horizon: A Cast Study Of Rural Migration In The Digital Age, Erica Goodman Jan 2011

On The Horizon: A Cast Study Of Rural Migration In The Digital Age, Erica Goodman

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Rural America is marked by distinct challenges, including a lack of economic, cultural and social opportunities. More and more, the discourse on how to address these issues has looked to expanding access to information communication technologies (ICTs). However the target for new technology--the young, educated population--is precisely the group documented as leaving America's small towns. This case study explores the migration decisions of young adults from Fort Ann, a rural community in upstate New York, and how these choices relate to ICT access and use. The knowledge gap hypothesis and digital divide theory outline the conceptualization of access, where ...


Icts And Burma: A Contextual Analysis, Brett Roderick Labbé Jan 2010

Icts And Burma: A Contextual Analysis, Brett Roderick Labbé

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The succession of highly authoritarian military regimes that have ruled over the country of Burma (a.k.a. Myanmar) since 1962 have systematically suppressed their citizens' fundamental freedoms of speech and expression. Such repression has become one of the primary mechanisms employed by Burma's junta to curtail political opposition and preserve their authority over nearly all dimensions of Burmese society. Currently, the nation maintains one of the lowest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) penetration rates in the world.

Researchers have conceptualized the relationship between power and technology in both utopian and dystopian ways over time. Dystopian theorists have tended ...