Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Framing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: A Content Analysis of Democratic and Republican Twitter Feeds
by Gautreaux, Ryan J., M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 76; 10163326
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines the portrayal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA) based on the Twitter feeds of Democratic and Republican leaders. This innovative thesis provides a clear depiction of how divisive and unprecedented political cyberwarfare has unfolded within the realm of computer-mediated communications. This study also uses an original approach in its capability of identifying the political combatants of a divisive topic. This is also the first content analysis of its kind by bringing data analysis to the concepts of Entman and Kuypers, focusing on problem/solution and cause/effect rhetoric that confirms framing as a powerful political weapon. This research combines all of the above concepts and applies them to one of the most popular and current social media sites as a basis of analysis. This research also proves the value of politicians’ personal Twitter accounts when studying the general framing strategies of the respective parties.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davie, William R.
Commitee: Dinu, Lucian F., Kim, Do K.
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Marketing, Communication, Mass communications
Keywords: Agenda-setting, Healthcare, Media framing, Politics, Social media, Twitter
Publication Number: 10163326
ISBN: 978-1-369-18018-3
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