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Judith Ezekiel (Committee Member), Laura Luehrmann (Advisor), Vaughn Shannon (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


Taking a cue from scholars' suggestions to focus on the intersections of various fields of study, this research aims to find the commonalities among representative theories of democracy, mass media and social movements. Assessment of each reveals that all three areas of study encompass space for the interface of the media and the public. The confluence of these elements, when paired with Information and Communication-based technologies, yields what is introduced here as the Integrative Conceptual Model of Internet Analysis. Using this model gives way to a focus on Internet-mediated scenarios through a framework that evaluates the type of agent interaction, network formation, agents' dialogue and the incident's outcome. This is applied to three incidents in both the People's Republic of China and Egypt from 2005 to 2010. The interplay between media and citizens is explained through overarching messages and interactions that may undergird the networks that mobilize collective action.

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Department or Program

Department of Political Science

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