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LIVE 8: A Study on the Performance of Citizenship and Propaganda


LIVE 8: A Study on the Performance of Citizenship and Propaganda

Khayat, Valerie (2010) LIVE 8: A Study on the Performance of Citizenship and Propaganda. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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In western society, large-scale campaigns have been widely used to address social and environmental crises. In recent years, mass media and media convergence have produced within the realm of this phenomenon, a new interactive space in which publics are invited to participate and called upon as citizens. A significant corpus of academic research has studied these occasions through the themes of media rituals, celebrity diplomacy, global policy and “compassion fatigue”. This research uses the 2005 Live 8 campaign as a case study combining perspectives on media events, Jacques Ellul’s writings on propaganda and a rhetorical analysis in order to understand the techniques, which made Live 8 successful at mobilizing masses all around the world. The present study speaks to thought and action in relation to mobilization within a mediated environment for a global humanitarian crisis. Ultimately this research bridges the aspect of performance with citizenship and propaganda, into the question of whether contemporary media events, through their means of mobilization and civic participation, give way to a performance of citizenship.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Khayat, Valerie
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:30 November 2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Murphy, Dennis
Keywords:Live 8, propaganda, media events, reconstitutive rhetoric, citizenship, witnessing, humanitarianism, Jacques Ellul
ID Code:7117
Deposited On:09 Jun 2011 15:27
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:30
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