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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 ...


“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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...