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  1. Speaking of Science: The Role of the National Science Foundation in the Development of United States Information Infrastructure

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    Description: This dissertation argues that the National Science Foundation's role in, and influence on, the development of large scale scientific and technological systems, most notably improvements to U.S. information infrastructure, can best be understood through an examination of the NSF's institutional history. Because of the Foundation's weakened starting position at its...
    Keyword: NSF, NSFNET, nano, internet, frontier, and infrastructure
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Jason Anthony Gallo
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 09/14/2018
    Date Modified: 09/14/2018
    Date Created: 2008-08-28
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  2. Laughing at the World: Schadenfreude, Social Identity, and American Media Culture

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    Description: This project explores historical questions of televisual form and cultural production, centering on the proliferation of media texts that mobilize real-life misfortune as a form of entertainment in U.S. television and culture. Specifically, it examines how a variety of "reality" formats in contemporary television stage and exploit spectacles of failure,...
    Keyword: media, television, and schadenfreude
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Amber Eliza Watts
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 09/11/2018
    Date Modified: 09/11/2018
    Date Created: 2008-05-12
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  3. The Past Revisited: Popular Memory of the Cultural Revolution in Contemporary China

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    Description: This dissertation explores the ways that Chinese popular media, including film, television, and magazines, reconstruct the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-76), a traumatic historical event which tremendously affected Chinese people and society. Employing a combination of methods, including visual and narrative analysis of media and cultural forms, institutional analysis of...
    Keyword: Chinese media, popular memory, and Cultural Revolution
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Li Zeng
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 09/10/2018
    Date Modified: 09/10/2018
    Date Created: 2008-05-05
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  4. The Reality of Fantasy Sports: Transforming Fan Culture in the Digital Age

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    Description: This dissertation analyzes the transformation of fantasy sports from a deviant, outside-the-mainstream fan culture to a billion-dollar industry that comprises almost 20 million North American participants. Fantasy sports are games in which participants adopt the simultaneous roles of owner, general manager, and coach of their own teams of real athletes...
    Keyword: fan culture, audience studies, sports, and popular culture
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Ben Shields
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 09/06/2018
    Date Modified: 09/06/2018
    Date Created: 2008-04-22
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  5. Variety, or the Spectacular Aesthetic of American Liberal Democracy

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    Description: In the age of what George W. Bush has called a global democratic revolution, the freedom to consume an ever-expanding variety of images and goods in the global marketplace is often equated with the conditions of democratic freedom. With just such rhetorical elisions in mind, this dissertation examines the discursive...
    Keyword: rhetoric, spectacle, popular entertainment, television, media and politics, and liberalism
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Meghan A Sutherland
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 08/16/2018
    Date Modified: 08/16/2018
    Date Created: 2007-10-03
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  6. Far From Simple: Nostalgia for America's Turn-of-the-Century Small Town in Film and Television 1940-1963

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    Description: Until the late twentieth century, the American small town at the turn of the century was popularly conceived as the quintessential nostalgic object: an "ideal" moment of lost "innocence," albeit one never existing in reality. This conception is belied, however, by my study of its representation in film and television...
    Keyword: post-war Hollywood, Hollywood musicals, nostalgia, and cinema studies
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Linda A. Robinson
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 08/14/2018
    Date Modified: 08/14/2018
    Date Created: 2007-09-05
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  7. Black Power TV: A Cultural History of Black Public Affairs Television 1968-1980

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    Description: "Black Power TV: A Cultural History of Black Public Affairs Television, 1968-1980" chronicles the history of a television genre that emerged in 1968, addressing African American audiences with such bold titles as Like It Is, Say Brother, Our People, and For Blacks Only in cities such as Boston, New York,...
    Keyword: Civil Rights, Black Power, Broadcasting, Activism, and Local Television
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Devorah Heitner
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 08/01/2018
    Date Modified: 08/01/2018
    Date Created: 06-25-2007
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  8. Crafting a Market: How Independent Artists Participate in the Peer Economy for Handmade Goods

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    Description: How do independent artists use social media and e-commerce websites to support their creative businesses? This dissertation examines independent artists’ participation in the peer economy for selling handmade goods, a hybrid economy that combines sharing content on social media and selling goods on e-commerce platforms. While a multidisciplinary array of...
    Keyword: Digital Literacy, Creative and Cultural Industries, Peer Markets, Internet skills, Sharing Economy, and Social Media
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Erin Flynn Klawitter
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 04/09/2018
    Date Modified: 04/09/2018
    Date Created: 2017-01-01
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  9. Were They Ready To Learn? Short- and Long-Term Effects of Ready To Learn Media on Young Children’s Literacy

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    Description: The U.S. Department of Education’s Ready To Learn (RTL) initiative funds (a) mass media and related community outreach intended to promote school readiness among all children—especially at-risk populations—, and (b) formative and summative research by third party evaluators (Michael Cohen Group, 2012). Today, the majority of American preschoolers have consumed...
    Keyword: Educational Media, Longitudinal, Intervention, Individual Differences, Early Learning Hypothesis, and Ready To Learn
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Lisa B. Hurwitz
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 03/29/2018
    Date Modified: 03/29/2018
    Date Created: 2017-01-01
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  10. Food Marketing and Low-Income Children: A Study of Exposure to Food Marketing and the Impact on Perceptions and Behaviors of Low-Income Families

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    Description: Scholars have noted that food marketing significantly impacts the lives of children, influencing what foods they request and consume. However, the impact of food marketing on low-income children has only been explored minimally. This project explores both media-based and in-store food marketing to low-income families, along with potential outcomes of...
    Keyword: Marketing, Communication, and Public Health
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Heather Montague
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 03/13/2018
    Date Modified: 03/13/2018
    Date Created: 2017-01-01
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation