Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Multitude Speaks in Style: An Analysis of Vernacular Agency through Images of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Swartz, Haley, M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 2017, 116; 10682178
Abstract (Summary)

The unexpected comparison of a Supreme Court Justice with a popular culture icon demonstrates how politics and popular culture become entwined in the contemporary context; moreover, network culture provides a conduit for vernacular discourse about politics, which circulates in the style of popular culture. Through analysis of images of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as created, shared, and circulated in network culture, this project explores the alternative levels of discourse generated in network culture, examines the ways the public represents politics, and explains the ability of political subjects to affect meaning. The aim of this project is to document a conjunctural moment; as such, analysis of the images in aggregate provides a foundation to raise questions about how American political culture is manifested, attended to, and maintained through network culture and the parlance of popular culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Trapani, William
Commitee: Mulvaney, Becky, Scodari, Christine
School: Florida Atlantic University
Department: Communication Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Communication
Keywords: Network culture, Political images, Popular culture, Social media, Vernacular discourse
Publication Number: 10682178
ISBN: 9780355675986
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