Title page for ETD etd-06182010-090736

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Weber, Jessica Ketcham
URN etd-06182010-090736
Title Ephemeral Media, Persistent Action: Public Pedagogies of Collective Resistance
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Weinstein, Susan D. Committee Chair
Bach, Jacqueline Committee Member
Bowman, Michael S. Committee Member
Peckham, Irvin Committee Member
Pirbhai, Reza Dean's Representative
  • anti-corporate globalization
  • Battle in Seattle
  • media interventions
  • convergence culture
  • WTO
  • RNC
  • public sphere
  • protests
  • citizen media
  • public pedagogy
  • activists
  • rhetoric and composition
  • composition pedagogy
Date of Defense 2010-06-01
Availability unrestricted
In Ephemeral Media, Persistent Action: Public Pedagogies of Collective Resistance, I argue that representations of contemporary activism against corporate globalization, as analyzed in three different sites of commercially-driven media texts—newspapers, film, and websites—teach people to move away from public forms of collective activism and towards privatized and institutionally-sponsored forms as part of the larger project of neoliberalism. Specifically, this dissertation focuses on the representations of, and responses to the representations of, two events—the protests against the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Seattle, Washington in 1999 and the protests during the Republican National Convention in 2004 in New York City—as moments that simultaneously capture the burgeoning movement in the United States against corporate globalization and the development of digital tools for citizen and social media. I analyze digital media interventions in these representations and give examples of how composition teachers might use these same digital tools and what I call an ethos of tactical ephemerality to encourage students to compose not just in response to, but in dialogue with, multiple and precarious publics and counterpublics.
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