Jessica Barnett (Committee Member), Jen Ware (Committee Member), Julianne Weinzimmer (Committee Chair)
Master of Humanities (MHum)
This thesis provides a foundational understanding of the ways in which Facebook is being used as a location for meaning making around the opioid epidemic in Dayton, Ohio. A content analysis of the Dayton Daily News Facebook page analyzes four posts that were randomly selected from 2017 and their corresponding 1,336 comments. This work will identify and describe discursive civility and incivility. This work adds to the growing conversation about incivility in political discourse by bringing the focus to the opioid epidemic and Facebook as a location where understandings of drug use and prevention are co-constructed. This construction, along with understandings of what is civil or uncivil, can both perpetuate and subvert power structures. The implications of this pilot study provide a framework to consider opportunities to create more civil and subversive locations on Facebook for meaning making.
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