Title

Listening Between the Lines: A Rhetorical Analysis of Conservative Talk Radio

Defense Date

8-14-2008

Graduation Date

Fall 1-1-2008

Availability

Campus Only

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Robert Bellamy

Committee Member

Michael Dillon

Committee Member

Calvin Troup

Keywords

talk radio, fantasy theme, Bormann

Abstract

The main objectives of this research will be reached through the analysis of the question: How does the Sean Hannity Show organize a "shared understanding of symbols" to create a successful political talk radio show? This project assumes that one's ability to "read" a media situation will by default help to position a listener to answer why they are drawn to particular ideas and think about choices judiciously. Ernest Bormann's fantasy theme analysis will be a guide through the "talk show reality" of the project's case study. The final product of this research is a media literacy matrix that can be used specifically to assist talk radio listeners in the deconstruction of the entertainment message, and the possible reconstruction of the listener's perspective.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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