From courtroom to chatroom: the online social movement to free the "West Memphis Three"

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dc.contributor Bagley, Meredith M.
dc.contributor Bissell, Kimberly L.
dc.contributor Black, Jason Edward
dc.contributor Lankford, Adam
dc.contributor.advisor Bennett, Beth Susan Dunning, Eric Moore 2017-03-01T16:34:02Z 2017-03-01T16:34:02Z 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000970
dc.identifier.other Dunning_alatus_0004D_11132
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The technology supporting social media has become so widespread it now permeates every aspect of culture in the United States and beyond. The use of social media has become so ubiquitous in our daily lives, we often overlook its impact on us. However, one of the most potent venues for social media use is in the arena of the public sphere by organizations, groups, or individuals attempting to resist or to change the social order. Through a rhetorical analysis of the social media efforts of the Free "The West Memphis Three" movement, this study investigates the rhetorical tools utilized by the online discourse of the movement to redress a grievance of the United States criminal justice system in the state of Arkansas. Furthermore, through rhetorical analysis and social movement theory, this study codifies some qualities of rhetorical discourse specifically evident in the social media realm. The aim of this study is to provide a better understanding of what qualifies as "social movement discourse," in the social media realm, as well as of the dynamics of social media, rhetoric, and social movement in general. The foundation this study provides should enable future scholars to consider more fully the potency social media hold in bringing about both cultural change and serious challenges to the social order.
dc.format.extent 231 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Communication
dc.subject.other Web studies
dc.subject.other Social research
dc.title From courtroom to chatroom: the online social movement to free the "West Memphis Three"
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. College of Communication and Information Sciences Communication & Information Sciences The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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