Rhetoric, Power, and Ideology: A Multifaceted Deconstruction of Online Conservative Discourse

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2024

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Yanelli, Samantha

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This thesis investigates the intersection of conservative ideology and whiteness as power dynamics in social media. Employing a multidisciplinary approach, the study utilizes discourse analysis informed by frameworks such as those of Deleuze and Guattari, Michel Foucault, and Kenneth Burke. Closely examining conservative media narratives and their portrayal of whiteness, the research uncovers the underlying ideologies, motives and power dynamics that shape these discourses. The findings reveal the pervasive influence of conservative voices on social media platforms and the ways in which they reinforce racialized divisions and perpetuate systems of privilege and oppression. Ultimately the cases study underscores the importance of critically analyzing conservative rhetoric and challenging the structures of power that perpetuate inequality in the Alabama and IVF ruling in public policy, advocating for a future where diversity, equity, and inclusion are embraced and celebrated instead of silenced and marginalized.

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conservative discourse, conservative rhetoric, rhetorical deconstruction, social media rhetoric

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English