Democracy in the digital market : a textual analysis of the FCC's public forum on net neutrality

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dc.contributor.advisor McCauliff, Kristen L., 1979- Rodriguez, Emily M. 2016-05-10T15:47:20Z 2016-05-10T15:47:20Z 2016-05-07
dc.description Access to thesis permanently restricted to Ball State community only. en_US
dc.description.abstract In this project, I investigated the changing relationship between capitalism and Internet regulatory policy through by preforming textual analysis of a sampling of the 3.7 million comments posted on the first and second rounds of the FCC’s largest-ever public comment forum. I approach the Internet not simply as a technological advancement but as a power-laden source of information and platform for communication. As such, the way we discuss and regulate the Internet is a site of material struggle in which multiple institutions—the state, commerce, and the citizenry— have stakes. While current Internet regulatory policy has been structured to support and maintain the Internet as a productive market place and an important piece of the neoliberal project, I argue the pro- Net Neutrality comments work to cast a more democratic vision of the market place by affirming and subverting dominating neoliberal narratives and metaphors. My work is made possible through the work done by the Sunlight Foundation, who worked to organize the comments released by the FCC in a fashion that makes the size and scope of these comments more accessible to rhetorical analysis. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Communication Studies
dc.subject.lcsh Network neutrality -- United States -- Public opinion.
dc.subject.lcsh Public opinion -- United States.
dc.subject.other United States. Federal Communications Commission.
dc.subject.other Neoliberalism.
dc.title Democracy in the digital market : a textual analysis of the FCC's public forum on net neutrality en_US Thesis (M.A.) en_US

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