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“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 ...