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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 ...