Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effect of Social Media on Public Awareness and Extra-Judicial Effects: The Gay Marriage Cases and Litigating for New Rights
by Peterson, Sarahfina Aubrey, M.S., Portland State University, 2014, 98; 1572110
Abstract (Summary)

When the Supreme Court grants new rights, public awareness is a crucial part of enforcement. Gerald N. Rosenberg and Michael J. Klarman famously criticized minority rights organizations for attempting to gain new rights through the judiciary. The crux of their argument relied heavily on the American media's scanty coverage of Court issues and subsequent low public awareness of Court cases. Using the 2013 United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry rulings as a case study, I suggest that the media environment has changed so much since Rosenberg and Klarman were writing that their theories warrant reconsideration. Minority rights groups now have access to social media, a potentially powerful tool with which to educate the public about the Supreme Court and new rights granted by the Court.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shortell, Christopher
Commitee: Gilley, Bruce, Lampert, Joseph
School: Portland State University
Department: Political Science
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Law, LGBTQ studies, Political science, Web Studies, Mass communications
Keywords: Minority rights, Public awareness, Same-sex marraige, Social media, Supreme court
Publication Number: 1572110
ISBN: 978-1-321-45531-1
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