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Redefining Feminist Rhetoric In Stand-Up Comedy: Offering Cultural Critique Through Subversion And Silence, Arline Karen Votruba Jan 2018

Redefining Feminist Rhetoric In Stand-Up Comedy: Offering Cultural Critique Through Subversion And Silence, Arline Karen Votruba

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis investigates the use of feminist humor paired with specific rhetorical strategies in Netflix Original comedy specials in order to identify how female comics are gaining success through their public social critique. Specifically, this thesis details the sparse history of women in stand-up comedy, debunking the claim that women are not funny and instead articulating the power structure at play, which has limited opportunities for women comics. This project asserts that Netflix is offering a significant number of women’s voices through the online streaming service, demonstrating a shift in popular culture with feminist implications. After detailing the historical ...


On The Use Of Fictionality For Persuasion And Pedagogy, Victor Robert Perry Jan 2018

On The Use Of Fictionality For Persuasion And Pedagogy, Victor Robert Perry

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Fictionality is regularly used for rhetorical purposes but has been rarely studied, except as it has been used in traditional forms of fiction. This dissertation draws upon rhetorical theory and narrative theory to propose an original analytic framework for isolating and examining the dynamics activated by and peculiar to the employment of fictionality for rhetorical purposes, particularly persuasion and pedagogy. The use of fictionality in ethics thought experiments and business communication textbooks is examined in detail to illustrate this analytic framework.


Toward A Definition Of Moral Decorum: Understanding The Pennsylvania Hall Address As An Ethical Response To The Constraints Of Public Expectations Through Angelina Grimke’S Use Of Sacred Kairos And Biblical Allusion, Krista Klocke Jan 2018

Toward A Definition Of Moral Decorum: Understanding The Pennsylvania Hall Address As An Ethical Response To The Constraints Of Public Expectations Through Angelina Grimke’S Use Of Sacred Kairos And Biblical Allusion, Krista Klocke

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On the 17th of May, 1838, Angelina Grimke addressed a promiscuous audience in the newly-built Pennsylvania Hall. By speaking publicly on abolition and women’s rights, Grimke responded to the exigencies of her space, her audience’s (dis)interest, and the violent protestations of the mob which interrupted her remarks, but broke with the societal decorum. Decorum has been central to rhetorical theory since the classical period, functioning as an element of audience analysis. Although decorum has been traditionally considered as saying what is “right” given societal expectations, sometimes it is impossible for the rhetor to follow decorum when reacting ...


Transformations In Genre: An Examination Of Visualizations Of The Zika Virus, Shannon N. Fanning Jan 2018

Transformations In Genre: An Examination Of Visualizations Of The Zika Virus, Shannon N. Fanning

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation is a mixed-methods study that employs both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the visuals used in the reporting of the Zika virus and to determine if the changes these images undergo as they are “accommodated” for different audiences constitute a genre shift. The qualitative analysis examines images from three tiers of publications: peer reviewed academic articles, government and specialized sources, and publications intended for the general public. Each image is coded by tier, type (e.g., table, graph, photograph), and rhetorical genre (forensic, deliberative, epideictic). A genre shift is observed between Tier Two and Tier Three with ...


Meme As A Rhetorical Concept For Digital Media Genres, Thomas Ballard Jan 2018

Meme As A Rhetorical Concept For Digital Media Genres, Thomas Ballard

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Studies in digital media and rhetoric often focus on fast-moving and constantly changing phenomena, and memes are undoubtedly one of the most mercurial concepts to arise online in recent years. Memes are now a widely recognized online phenomenon, but their definition, particularly the genres they employ, is still a subject for debate. Although many scholars have offered insights into the meme phenomenon, few have articulated the intersections of medium, genre, concept, and symbolism that most memes embody.

Using concept-oriented, genre-based rhetorical discourse analysis, this dissertation analyzes 132 meme artifacts to better understand how meme genres interact with each other and ...


Revisiting Delivery In The Basic Course, Caleb B. Evers Jan 2018

Revisiting Delivery In The Basic Course, Caleb B. Evers

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

When comparing the ancient and modern pedagogies of speech and speech delivery, discrepancies begin to emerge. The significance of delivery in today’s speech pedagogy, for instance, is minimal, which is perhaps most evident in the foundational public speaking course (basic course) textbook. As my thesis demonstrates, speech composition receives far more consideration than speech performance, which marginalizes the canon of delivery as inferior to both rhetoric and speech communication. Supporting this notion is McClish (2016), who argues that while delivery remains germane to contemporary public speaking pedagogy, its treatment in the twenty-first-century basic course is widely understated. Moreover, McClish ...


Tensions Between Democracy And Expertise In The Florida Keys, Elizabeth A. Loyer Jun 2017

Tensions Between Democracy And Expertise In The Florida Keys, Elizabeth A. Loyer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The proposed release of genetically modified mosquitoes (GMM) in the Florida Keys to combat the spread of diseases such as Zika prompted heated local debate, turning a seemingly routine mosquito control policy into a public scientific controversy. Arguments about the GMM derive from inventional commonplaces where the historical conflict between democratic systems of civic deliberation and the epistemic authority of expertise is instantiated. This project analyzes the topoi that Keys participants gather around to generate their argumentative positions as published in public, local print and digital news articles, blog posts, and letters to the editor between 2011 and 2016. Investigating ...


Institutional Review Boards And Writing Studies Research: A Justice-Oriented Study, Johanna Phelps-Hillen Apr 2017

Institutional Review Boards And Writing Studies Research: A Justice-Oriented Study, Johanna Phelps-Hillen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In this multi-method dissertation project I conduct policy analysis and utilize results from a discipline-wide survey (n=258) to examine the intersection of Writing Studies researchers’ disciplinary affiliation, research context, and personal disposition in relation to the local implementation of federal policy regarding human subjects research. I elaborate on the context of this project, discussing the September 2015 release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise and update the Common Rule, 45.CFR Part 46, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s formal comment in response to the proposed rule’s provisions. I discuss the process ...


(Age)Ncy In Composition Studies, Alaina Tackitt Mar 2017

(Age)Ncy In Composition Studies, Alaina Tackitt

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The number of adult learners entering or returning to institutions of higher education is increasing in general and in relation to the traditional student population, and projections suggest that the trend will continue. As automation and technology impact the labor force, educational access is becoming a national concern and a necessity for more adult learners. Access to higher education impacts minority and economically depressed populations disproportionally and increases the personal and professional success of adult students and the long-term prosperity of their families. Although Composition Studies has a history of recognizing and facilitating student populations as they enter the Academy ...


Science In The Sun: How Science Is Performed As A Spatial Practice, Natalie Kass Mar 2017

Science In The Sun: How Science Is Performed As A Spatial Practice, Natalie Kass

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study analyzes how spatial organization impacts science communication at the St. Petersburg Science Festival in Florida. Through map analysis, qualitative interviews, and a close reading of evaluation reports, the author determines that sponsorship, logistics, exhibitor ambience, and map usability and design are the factors most affecting the spatial performance of science. To mitigate their effects, technical communicators can identify these factors and provide the necessary revisions when considering how science is communicated to the public.


Discourse Strategies In Technical-Support Interactions, Vincent David Robles Jan 2017

Discourse Strategies In Technical-Support Interactions, Vincent David Robles

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study responds to the lack of research on the discourse of technical-support interactions. Researchers have explored successful practices for recruiting technical-support personnel, constructs for determining user satisfaction in survey instruments, and discourse moments of miscommunication and empathy. Even though organizations must maintain users by successfully training technical-support providers to interact with users, no empirical study exists that explores the discourse strategies these workers can employ in the process of defining and resolving technical problems during that interaction. In this study, I examine 20 helpdesk interactions between users and technical-support providers in an educational technology helpdesk at a four-year university ...


Attributing Rhetorical Agency: Corporate Social Media Interactions On Twitter, Katlynne Amy Davis Jan 2017

Attributing Rhetorical Agency: Corporate Social Media Interactions On Twitter, Katlynne Amy Davis

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study uses concepts of rhetorical agency to analyze how corporations communicate effectively or ineffectively with their customers on social media. While literature from the fields of business, marketing, and public relations has addressed corporate social media more generally, there is a lack of information about how corporations should consider rhetorical concerns when structuring messages to their customers. Technical and professional communication studies have also explored the topic of social media, but have yet to closely analyze corporate social media responses to customer complaints. To conduct this study, I combined concerns from both business and technical and professional communication to ...


Identity Conveyance Through Multimedia: Kat Blaque’S Transformative Narrative Using Draw My Life, Mariah Kemp Jan 2017

Identity Conveyance Through Multimedia: Kat Blaque’S Transformative Narrative Using Draw My Life, Mariah Kemp

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The shifting landscape of digital environments today situates rhetorical scholars within complex intersections. Converging concepts in narrative, genre, multimodal composition, and social media beckon scholars to examine the fluctuating power dynamics of the Internet. With this in mind, this thesis explores the rise of narratives in blogs, YouTube as a platform for new media, and the Draw My Life tag on YouTube. By comparing Draw My Life to previous definitions of blogs, this thesis argues that Draw My Life is its own genre and a tool for users to solidify their identities and experiences using multimedia. Using Kat Blaque’s ...


Metaphoric Language In A Dictator’S Discourse: Rhetorical Analysis Of Three Speeches By Augusto Pinochet, Carlos G. Toledo-Parada Jan 2017

Metaphoric Language In A Dictator’S Discourse: Rhetorical Analysis Of Three Speeches By Augusto Pinochet, Carlos G. Toledo-Parada

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte’s regime ruled Chile from 1973 to 1989. During his rule, the dictator gave important speeches at crucial moments in Chile’s historical unfolding. He extensively animated his speeches with metaphors that served specific rhetorical purposes responding to the exigencies of the situations in which they were given. In this thesis, I conduct a rhetorical analysis of the metaphors in three speeches Pinochet gave to the country: the first, a month after seizing power; the second, five years into power; and the third, right after the results of the plebiscite that voted him out of power ...


Contextual Information, Answerability, And The Logical Construction Of Social How-To Questions, Matthew John Baker Jan 2017

Contextual Information, Answerability, And The Logical Construction Of Social How-To Questions, Matthew John Baker

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

For technical-knowledge workers seeking information about how to complete software tasks, online social question and answer (SQA) sites represent a valuable resource as an emerging form of software documentation. However, because answerers on these sites respond to questions on a volunteer basis, not all questions receive answers. Current research shows that askers provide contextual information in varying amounts, yet researchers have not yet reliably described contextual information types, disagree on whether more or less information associates with answerability, and have not yet compared the coherence of answered and unanswered questions. To assist technical-knowledge workers posting questions on SQA sites, this ...


Millennial Pedagogy: Towards Understanding Millennial Myths And Identity, Bryan Alan Lutz Jan 2017

Millennial Pedagogy: Towards Understanding Millennial Myths And Identity, Bryan Alan Lutz

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Scholars who have embraced the social (Berlin, 1988) and the global (Hesford, 2006) turns in rhetoric and composition are seeking comparative-historical frames for understanding how communication mediates social roles within sites of conflict. Since the publication of Millennials Rising: The Next Generation, it is my observation that communication about Millennials is a significant site of conflict in the United States. While scholars in rhetoric have explored how age bias affects non-traditional students who enter college later in adulthood (Bowen, 2011; Crow, 2006; Grabill and Pigg, 2012; Swacha, 2017), I am curious about age bias against the young, where scholars and ...


Cloud Composition Technologies In Multimodal Composition Program Documents, Philippe Peter Meister Jan 2017

Cloud Composition Technologies In Multimodal Composition Program Documents, Philippe Peter Meister

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Writing programs at numerous universities—including the Georgia Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, Miami University of Ohio, Virginia Tech, and Purdue University—are incorporating more learning about multimodal communication into their curricula, including written, oral, visual, and electronic communication (WOVE). Within WOVE, electronic technologies enable students to produce, distribute, and consume written, visual, oral, and electronic communication (Ong 1982; Bush 1945; Eisenstein 1979, Lauer 2009, 2014). Integrating cloud technologies into writing programs may be difficult because it requires ongoing training, support, and maintenance, but it may be worthwhile because it helps produce a writing culture mediated by these technologies ...


An Instrument For Assessing The Public Communication Of Scientists, Rachel Collier Murdock Jan 2017

An Instrument For Assessing The Public Communication Of Scientists, Rachel Collier Murdock

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

An instrument for valid, quantitative assessment of scientists’ public communication promises to promote improved science communication by giving formative feedback to scientists developing their communication skills and providing a mechanism for summative assessment of communication training programs for scientists. A quantitative instrument also fits with the scientific ethos, increasing the likelihood that the assessment will gain individual and institutional adoption. Unfortunately, past assessment instruments have fallen short in providing a methodologically sound, theory-based assessment instrument to use in assessing public science communication. This dissertation uses the Evidence Centered Design (ECD) method for language testing to develop and test the APPS ...


Rhetorical Dilemmas In Funded Science Annual Reporting, Sara Beth Parks Jan 2017

Rhetorical Dilemmas In Funded Science Annual Reporting, Sara Beth Parks

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Scientists experience angst when faced with the task of writing the annual reports often required by their employers or funders. Although similar annual reports are widely studied in business contexts, communication and science studies disciplines have not considered annual reporting in science contexts. This is an oversight because annual reporting is one of the main ways that scientists communicate the progress of their research to stakeholders, including publics and policy-makers. Therefore, annual reporting is one way that science is guided and constrained by societal and cultural expectations. Further, existing scholarship has not considered the scientists’ frustration in reporting, which is ...


Instattack: Instagram And Visual Ad Hominem Political Arguments, Sophia Evangeline Gourgiotis Nov 2016

Instattack: Instagram And Visual Ad Hominem Political Arguments, Sophia Evangeline Gourgiotis

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this project is to examine the visual political ad hominem arguments used on Instagram during the 2016 presidential campaign. Using Walton’s (2007) five subtypes of ad hominem arguments, this study analyzes the “attack ads” posted on Instagram from five of the 2016 presidential candidates into each subtype. This project seeks to understand how ad hominem arguments within political rhetoric function when they are visual. This study uses Kress and van Leeuwen’s (2006) theory of modality and Rose’s (2012) compositional interpretation to analyze compositional structure of the image and parallels this analysis with ad hominem ...


Material Expertise: Applying Object-Oriented Rhetoric In Marine Policy, Zachary Parke Dixon Jul 2016

Material Expertise: Applying Object-Oriented Rhetoric In Marine Policy, Zachary Parke Dixon

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation applies object-oriented rhetorics and posthuman philosophies to environmental policy deliberation in order to help bridge gaps between policy makers, scientists, and citizens. For environmental policy scholars the non-credentialed expertise of local, or indigenous stakeholders is valued as possessing technical, objective merit that can improve the development and implementation of environmental policies. However, the utilization of stakeholder expertise in environmental policy faces serious challenges in terms of finding common grounds for communication within complex techno-social systems, of overcoming deep cultural differences and perceptions, and grave ethical issues of access and power. This dissertation develops two case studies of marine ...


Rupturing The World Of Elite Athletics: A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis Of The Suspension Of The 2011 Iaaf Regulations On Hyperandrogenism, Ella Browning Jul 2016

Rupturing The World Of Elite Athletics: A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis Of The Suspension Of The 2011 Iaaf Regulations On Hyperandrogenism, Ella Browning

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In 2011 the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) published the Regulations on Hyperandrogenism, a health policy banning female athletes from track and field competition if their natural levels of testosterone were found to be higher than those of most female athletes. In 2014, Dutee Chand, a sprinter from India, was banned from competition based on these regulations. She appealed her ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and as a result the 2011 IAAF Hyperandrogenism Regulations were suspended for two years. The issues at stake in the suspension of these regulations are, at their core, rhetorical issues ...


Shaping Climate Citizenship: The Ethics Of Inclusion In Climate Change Communication And Policy, Lauren E. Cagle Jul 2016

Shaping Climate Citizenship: The Ethics Of Inclusion In Climate Change Communication And Policy, Lauren E. Cagle

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The problem of climate change is not simply scientific or technical, but also political and social. This dissertation analyzes both the role and the ethical foundations of citizenship and citizen engagement in the political and social aspects of climate change communication and policy-making. Using a critical discourse analysis of a policy recommendations drafted by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, I demonstrate how climate change policy documentation naturalizes a particular version of citizenship I call “climate citizenship.” Based on environmental critiques of liberal and civic republican citizenship, I show how this “climate citizenship” would be more productive and ethical ...


Drop, Cover, And Hold On: Analyzing Fema's Risk Communication Through Visual Rhetoric, Samantha Jo Cosgrove Jun 2016

Drop, Cover, And Hold On: Analyzing Fema's Risk Communication Through Visual Rhetoric, Samantha Jo Cosgrove

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This project seeks to understand the relationship between visual rhetoric and power structure between FEMA’s Earthquake publications and their audience. Research shows images leave a longer impression on readers than text, causing more studies to focus on visuals rather than just text in technical communication. Author uses Critical Discourse Analysis to analyze the images in relation to text, design, and intended audience to determine what information is being privileged. It is determined that homeowners are being privileged with information over non-homeowners, established through a collection of images and image types. The lack of information for non-homeowners could result in ...


A New Materialist Approach To Visual Rhetoric In Photoshopbattles, Jonathan Paul Ray Jun 2016

A New Materialist Approach To Visual Rhetoric In Photoshopbattles, Jonathan Paul Ray

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this project is to examine the visual rhetoric of one online community. Drawing heavily from the work of Laurie Gries (2015), I track the evolution of an image as it circulates through a forum of photo manipulators in the group “PhotoShopBattles.” While Gries’ work traced the evolution of the iconic Obama Hope poster and its iterations in various media, this project restricts its observations to the images posted to one webpage, focusing on one evolutionary chain. By narrowing the focus to one internet forum page that evolved over the course of one week, we can observe linear ...


In Search Of Solidarity: Identification Participation In Virtual Fan Communities, Jaime Shamado Robb Mar 2016

In Search Of Solidarity: Identification Participation In Virtual Fan Communities, Jaime Shamado Robb

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study questions the way sports fans create (a sense of) community through online conversations. Here, ‘community’ and ‘internet’ are seen as invitational terms that suggest an authentic social interaction. By examining the language used by fans to sustain a sense of solidarity in the virtual realm, this study questions the ways in which rhetoric frames the situation. Participation in the virtual space relies on practices of identification derived from physical engagements. By using a rhetorical approach, this study illuminates the way individual participants operationalize a rhetoric in virtual conversations that spiritualize the fan’s experience at the base of ...


Science, Policy, And Decision Making: A Case Study Of Deliberative Rhetoric And Policymaking For Coastal Adaptation In Southeast Florida, Karen Patricia Langbehn Mar 2016

Science, Policy, And Decision Making: A Case Study Of Deliberative Rhetoric And Policymaking For Coastal Adaptation In Southeast Florida, Karen Patricia Langbehn

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to observe and analyze the process of regional climate adaptation planning and the role of stakeholder deliberation in decision making about adaptation actions. It employed a case study approach based on one of three total study sites of an international, multidisciplinary grant titled, “METROPOLE: An Integrated Framework to Analyze Local Decision Making and Adaptive Capacity to Large-Scale Environmental Change”. The purpose of the case study of this project was to analyze stakeholder deliberation at two workshops at the grant’s Broward County, Florida site regarding two adaptation options: elevation/floodproofing and voluntary buyouts. Analyzing ...


A Close Reading And Concept-Oriented Rhetorical And Literary Analysis Of Margaret Sanger's Eugenics-Based Discourse, Leslie Mary Shapy Jan 2016

A Close Reading And Concept-Oriented Rhetorical And Literary Analysis Of Margaret Sanger's Eugenics-Based Discourse, Leslie Mary Shapy

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Margaret Sanger, a well-known nurse, women’s rights and birth control activist, and sex educator is known for her influence on the birth control movement and the establishment of what is now known as Planned Parenthood, a national organization that has assisted women with their sexual and reproductive health for decades. Sanger, one of the most influential advocates for women’s self empowerment, manipulated popular eugenics-based language constructions of the time to gain elite followers for her birth control movement. Although many historical, theological, feminist, and social scientific scholars have studied Sanger’s underlying eugenic agenda, Sanger’s deliberate use ...


Discouraging Discourse: Mommy War Rhetoric In The Digital Age, Jamie Dale Harsha Jan 2016

Discouraging Discourse: Mommy War Rhetoric In The Digital Age, Jamie Dale Harsha

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

While Mommy War rhetoric provides the foundation for a discourse in the mothering community, its explosive power is best examined in a medium where women, often times new moms, feel safe expressing their concerns, desires, and needs: the mommy blog. In many senses, the mommy blog is perfect venue for the mother to build community among like-minded people while gathering the advice, support, and resources necessary to conquer the arduous task of mothering. However, the community that mothers expect to find in the mommy blog is often replaced with hostile or uncivil discourse between bloggers and their readers. Specifically, this ...


Stereotyping Femininity In Disembodied Virtual Assistants, Allison M. Piper Jan 2016

Stereotyping Femininity In Disembodied Virtual Assistants, Allison M. Piper

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The focus of this paper is to examine the rhetorical ways that virtual assistants perpetuate western (American) gender stereotypes with users. While other literature has studied gender stereotypes with online service chatbots, scholarly research related to virtual assistants on standalone devices (e.g. Siri, Cortana, Alexa) is lacking. To conduct this study, I have relied upon a combination of the theories of identification and gender performance theory to show how the virtual assistants enact gender with users.

The findings of this analysis demonstrate that the virtual assistants easily enact harmful gender stereotypes because the virtual assistants are disembodied representations of ...