Occupy Wall Street- Rebels or Patriots: A Test of Framing Theory

dc.contributor.advisor Reineke, Jason en_US
dc.contributor.author Pudota, Reshma en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Quarles, Jan en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Blake, Ken en_US
dc.contributor.department Mass Communications en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-02T18:44:41Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-02T18:44:41Z
dc.date.issued 2013-03-29 en_US
dc.description.abstract Previous research indicates that the framing of public demonstrations, in terms of civil liberties or civic dangers, has an impact on public opinion regarding the demonstrators. However, this research has focused predominantly on extreme right-wing groups. Two experiments were conducted to test the effects of media coverage on attitudes towards the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. The OWS movement was a social movement that started in New York, United States of America, to protest against social and economic inequality. The first experiment's design was post-test only with 3-conditions: a grassroots civic movement frame (GCM), a neutral (NT) frame, and a dangerous civic disorder frame (DCD). Initial analysis indicated unexpected results, but when data were refined to include only participants who passed a manipulation check, those in the GCM condition evaluated OWS most positively, followed by those in the NT condition, with those in the DCD condition evaluating OWS most negatively. Based on those results, a second experiment was conducted with revised stimuli and a pre-test/post-test design. Here, there was not a significant difference in post-test attitudes, but differences in attitude change were statistically significant, positive in the GCM condition, and negative in the DCD condition. Limitations and opportunities for future research are discussed. en_US
dc.description.degree M.S. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3510
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Civil Liberties en_US
dc.subject Framing en_US
dc.subject Occupy Wall Street en_US
dc.subject Public Demonstrations en_US
dc.subject Social Movements en_US
dc.subject.umi Mass communication en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title Occupy Wall Street- Rebels or Patriots: A Test of Framing Theory en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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