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dc.contributor.advisorHahner, Leslie Ann.
dc.contributor.authorWoods, Heather Suzanne.
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-16T13:06:45Z
dc.date.available2013-09-16T13:06:45Z
dc.date.copyright2013-05
dc.date.issued2013-09-16
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/8748
dc.description.abstractThis thesis uncovers the ways in which Anonymous, a non-hierarchical, decentralized online collective, maintains and alters the notion of hacktivism to recruit new participants and alter public perception. I employ a critical rhetorical lens to an Anonymous-produced and –disseminated artifact, the Anonymous Care Package, a collection of digital how-to files. After situating Anonymous within the broader narrative of hacking and activism, this thesis demonstrates how the Care Package can be used to constitute a hacktivist identity. Further, by extending hacktivism from its purely technological roots to a larger audience, the Anonymous Care Package lowers the barrier for participation and invites action on behalf of would-be members. Together, the contents of the Care Package help constitute an identity for Anonymous hacktivists who are then encouraged to take action as cyberactivists.en_US
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dc.rightsBaylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.subjectRhetoric.en_US
dc.subjectHacktivism.en_US
dc.subjectCyberactivism.en_US
dc.subjectIdentity.en_US
dc.titleThe rhetorical construction of hacktivism : analyzing the Anonymous Care Package.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.A.en_US
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide access.en_US
dc.rights.accessrightsAccess changed 8/26/15.
dc.contributor.departmentCommunication.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolsBaylor University. Dept. of Communication.en_US


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