Title

Convergence Culture and Competing Literacy Sponsors in Post-arab Spring Movements

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Department

English

Date of Award

Summer 2016

Abstract

A rhetorical analysis of activist literacy events in post-Arab Spring protests movements through the lens of convergence culture illustrates the competing literacy sponsorships between (1) participants vs. broadcast media and (2) social media vs governments. Unpacking their media literacy practices illustrates how these activists utilize social media and technology to challenge their governments and corporate broadcast media reporting about their protests and activities. This rhetorical analysis includes the literacy events that illustrate competing literacy sponsorship in the following discourse communities: Occupy movements, Turkey’s Gezi Park, the Ferguson race protests in the United States, the 2008 presidential race, and Texas Senator Wendy Davis’s 2013 filibuster.

Advisor

Tabetha Adkins

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature

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