The Tea Party Movement: Grassroots Advocacy at its Finest, or Highly-Disguised Astroturfing?
|Abstract||Using models identified by communications scholars Herbert W. Simons and Charles J. Stewart, a rhetorical analysis was conducted on contemporary Tea Party Movement (TPM) artifacts in an attempt to gauge the movement's authenticity as it relates to grassroots advocacy versus astroturfing. The models provided a theoretical framework in which the functions of social movement leaders were analyzed, as well as the rhetorical phases of a movement. Additionally, the notions of advocacy and astroturfing were defined and the concepts compared and contrasted. Used in conjunction with one another the models provided a framework in which TPM artifacts could be analyzed. Analysis was conducted on the websites for the Tea Party Patriots and Tea Party... (more)|
|Contributor||Zukowski, Kassandra (Author) / Holmer Nadesan, Majia (Advisor) / Mean, Lindsey (Committee member) / Eric Ramsey, Ramsey (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)|
|Subject||Communication / Rhetoric / American history / advocacy / astroturf / movement / rhetoric / Tea Party|
|Reuse Permissions||All Rights Reserved|
|Note||M.A. Communication Studies 2011|
|Collaborating Institutions||Graduate College / ASU Library|
|Additional Formats||MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS|