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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...