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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...