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Investigating Latino Stereotypes And Identification In One Day At A Time: A Rhetorical Criticism Of Latino Representations In Entertainment Media, Hannah Stewart Apr 2019

Investigating Latino Stereotypes And Identification In One Day At A Time: A Rhetorical Criticism Of Latino Representations In Entertainment Media, Hannah Stewart

Communication Undergraduate Honors Theses

Since television has had the ability to entertain, it has also had the ability to persuade us about how we ought to perceive the world. To do so, television has long relied on stereotypes, whether they are of gender, race, or class, and research across media and communication disciplines have identified that representations of these marginalized groups reinforce stereotypes’ existence in and out of television. The purposes of this analysis are to examine stereotypical narratives surrounding Latinos and the Latino experience in America, as well as to understand how these stereotypes are challenged. Using a combination of narrative and ideological ...


A Case Study Of The Arapahoe High School Shooting: Representations Of School Shootings In News Media And Art, Chelsea Magyar Jan 2019

A Case Study Of The Arapahoe High School Shooting: Representations Of School Shootings In News Media And Art, Chelsea Magyar

Communication Undergraduate Honors Theses

The moments of terror, emergency, and helplessness that unfold during a crisis extend beyond their initial occurrence through narrative. The stories that emerged from the December 13, 2013, Arapahoe High School shooting in news articles written by The Denver Post and in the survivor-authored play Thirteen provided different narratives about crisis and offered different ways to make sense of a traumatic event. Brummett (1984) highlighted the importance of communication in making sense of crisis by tasking the Burkean rhetorical critic to identify “the modes of discourse enjoying currency in a society and to link discourse to the real situations for ...


Benefits Of Large, Medium, And Small Grain Instruction For English-Speaking Adults Learning To Read Hangul, Emily Heneman, Christine Brennan Jan 2019

Benefits Of Large, Medium, And Small Grain Instruction For English-Speaking Adults Learning To Read Hangul, Emily Heneman, Christine Brennan

Undergraduate Honors Theses

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Bilingualism is a growing global norm and a requirement for many aspects of business and politics, motivating the need for research focused on second language (L2) learning. Research on L2 orthographic acquisition indicates that several factors play a role in learning to read in a new language, including similarities and differences between the orthographies of the L1 (first language) and L2, orthographic depth and consistency, and the method of reading instruction. This study compares three forms of instruction provided to English-speaking adults learning to read Hangul Korean. Instruction provided an initial focus on either small grain units (letters), medium ...


Another 27 Club Member: An Examination Of Amy Winehouse’S Life And Death Through Lifestyle, Media, And Death Ritual, Benna Coben Jan 2018

Another 27 Club Member: An Examination Of Amy Winehouse’S Life And Death Through Lifestyle, Media, And Death Ritual, Benna Coben

Communication Undergraduate Honors Theses

This study examines representations of Amy Winehouse’s death in mass and social media to better understand the ritual of collective mourning in regards to celebrity death. It uses the concept of mediatization to characterize this ritual and the ways that media culture shapes representations and the formation of community within the rock ‘n’ roll culture. The study examines the tabloids’ narrative of Winehouse, as well as statements shared on social media, to better understand the media ritual of celebrity death. The implications of this study call for a closer look at the tabloid expression of celebrity death and a ...


The Rhetoric Of Visual Aesthetics: Image, Convention, And Form In New Media, Daniel Hyunjae Kim Jan 2016

The Rhetoric Of Visual Aesthetics: Image, Convention, And Form In New Media, Daniel Hyunjae Kim

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Across multiple contexts within photography’s relatively brief history as a medium of ‘light inscription,’ a ubiquitous relationship pairing photographer with subject has dominated a common understanding of the art (technê). This pairing, across time, consistently demonstrates a dominant and linear perspective, wherein the former (photographer) works to “capture” the latter (the subject), toward the production of an image--whether inscribed on print media of the traditional darkroom, or through the bright screens of our contemporary mobile devices. This dissertation examines this linear relationship, and in particular, what new potential may emerge when photography is considered apart from it. That is ...


Home Is Where The Spray-Painted Heart Is: Graffiti As Rhetorical Resistance On Skid Row, Brianna Ivy Wiens Jan 2016

Home Is Where The Spray-Painted Heart Is: Graffiti As Rhetorical Resistance On Skid Row, Brianna Ivy Wiens

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis is concerned with art’s role in resisting dominant stereotypes of homelessness by mediating a subaltern vernacular rhetoric. Through analyzing anonymous guerrilla artist Skid Robot’s graffiti art as rhetorical resistance against dominant discourses of homelessness on Skid Row, this thesis contributes to uncovering the ways in which art, in its multifaceted ways, plays a rhetorical, aesthetic, and political role in resisting stereotypes of homelessness. Through an analysis of Skid Robot’s graffiti and its mediations on Instagram, this thesis shines the spotlight on the importance of art as more than “art for art’s sake” and illuminates ...


Working Memory And Motor Speech Interactions In Young Adults, Katherine Cavaliere Jan 2016

Working Memory And Motor Speech Interactions In Young Adults, Katherine Cavaliere

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Cognition, language, and the speech motor system have robust interactions. The purpose of this study was to examine the specific interactions between working memory and speech motor performance in a dual-task activity. Nineteen healthy young adults read sentences of increasing length and complexity in two counterbalanced conditions: control (no concomitant task) and experimental (while performing a dual working memory task). Lip aperture values, production durations, and accuracy of speech were measured. Results indicated that the working memory has a significant effect on speech motor coordinative patterns and the percentage of syllable errors. Additionally, sentence length and complexity significantly affects speech ...


Motor Speech Rates In Concussed Collegiate Athletes: A Comparison Of Pre- And Post- Injury Diadochokinetic Rates, Talia Y. Peiffer-Lapid Jan 2016

Motor Speech Rates In Concussed Collegiate Athletes: A Comparison Of Pre- And Post- Injury Diadochokinetic Rates, Talia Y. Peiffer-Lapid

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Graduate Theses & Dissertations

There is a paucity of evidence regarding the effects of concussion on motor speech parameters. While the deficits in rate, accuracy and rhythm of speech post moderate- to severe-TBI is well documented, there is lesser understanding of how concussion impacts those aspects of speech. The present study analyzed the alternating motion rates (AMRs) and sequential motion rates (SMRs) of 44 collegiate athletes in an exploratory study of speech motor performance pre- and post-concussion. The effects of concussion on the objective measure of rate, as well as perceptual measures of accuracy and rhythm were examined across several primary and secondary analyses ...


On Radical Grounds: A Rhetorical Take On The Emergence Of #Occupy In Time, Place, And Space, Meghan Marie Dunn Jan 2015

On Radical Grounds: A Rhetorical Take On The Emergence Of #Occupy In Time, Place, And Space, Meghan Marie Dunn

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation explores how the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and the Occupy Movement (OM) writ large generated new forms of rhetorical invention through its emergence in geographical places and virtual spaces across the world. The genesis and development of Occupy on these “radical” grounds provide an empirical grounding to theory on the chora, rhetorical invention, and the vernacular, where the word occupy and the tactic occupation designate vital sites (topoi) of rhetorical activity: seats/sources of local meaning(s) that occupiers used to bring new lines of thought to life. The radical uptake of “occupy” would create what Edward Schiappa ...


Virgin Atlantic Airways: A Look Inside The Airline’S Green Initiatives, Ilana Notis Jan 2015

Virgin Atlantic Airways: A Look Inside The Airline’S Green Initiatives, Ilana Notis

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Greenwashing is a growing trend in the advertising of organization’s green efforts as well as the relationship it holds with a corporation’s public image and identity. Environmental communication is used to discuss our surroundings as well as controversial topics such as carbon emissions. Companies are seen to partake in greenwashing as a newer approach for them to achieve greater success. The importance of their image and identity is crucial to the portrayal of their organization to the general public. Image and identity also influence the corporation’s sense of understanding their place in their industry and society. In ...


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy’S Effects On Cognition And Narrative Discourse In Severe Tbi: A Case Study, Ashley I. Anderson Apr 2014

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy’S Effects On Cognition And Narrative Discourse In Severe Tbi: A Case Study, Ashley I. Anderson

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Discourse deficits following traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been found to negatively impact social reintegration and quality of life and are connected to underlying impairments in cognition. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been previously explored as a treatment for cognition in the TBI population, resulting in mixed outcomes. The present study examined the effect of HBOT on the cognitive and narrative discourse performance of an individual with chronic severe TBI. Multiple measurements of general cognition, receptive vocabulary, and discourse performance in the form of narrative storytelling were taken before and after HBOT. Hypotheses predicted that cognition would improve as a ...


Exploring The Language Environment Of Toddlers With Identified Needs And Their Typically Developing Peers In Home And At School, Miranda Alexa Aragon Jan 2014

Exploring The Language Environment Of Toddlers With Identified Needs And Their Typically Developing Peers In Home And At School, Miranda Alexa Aragon

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Graduate Theses & Dissertations

A rich language environment is key to provide children with the optimal opportunity to develop their receptive and expressive language skills. In order to ensure that children with identified needs receive this optimal opportunity, it is important to conduct research regarding their language input in multiple environments including in home and at school. This descriptive study investigated the benefit of strategies utilized in the school setting at a public university's Child Learning Center (CLC) and their impact on a more interactive language environment compared to their home setting. Overall, this study found that children's language environments can be ...


New Forms Of Exclusion And Manifestations Of Racism In Barack Obama’S Rhetoric Of Immigration Reform, Svilen Veselinov Trifonov Jan 2013

New Forms Of Exclusion And Manifestations Of Racism In Barack Obama’S Rhetoric Of Immigration Reform, Svilen Veselinov Trifonov

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In this master's thesis I situate President Barack Obama's 2011 speech on comprehensive immigration reform as representative of a larger body of immigration reform rhetoric and driving force behind current efforts to pass new legislation. I argue that the President's rhetoric served to conceal a commitment to protect the economic interests of hegemonic whiteness that dominate in contemporary U.S. American society. In the different chapters of this thesis I interrogate rhetorical strategies that served to silence questions of racial segregation, racisms, and even race altogether. I examine and challenge President Obama's ideological subscription to neoliberal ...