Defense Date

4-2-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Type

Master of Arts

Degree Name

Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

First Advisor

Janine Morris, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Whitney Lehmann, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Juliette Kitchens, Ph.D.

Abstract

Social media is changing the landscape of composing and information distribution. As Americans are engaging with more social media platforms, composition and rhetoric scholars should consider the importance of enhancing digital literacy skills when utilizing social media, especially with the spread of misinformation across social media platforms. The thesis argues for integrating social media into composition classrooms to help students become stronger critical composers and consumers of information. The project is informed by scholarship on social media in rhetoric and composition, assemblage, and circulation. By combining assemblage and circulation theories, I develop a Social Media Interaction Framework that views social media texts from their construction through distribution. Through the framework, I offer learning objectives, three learning activities, and teaching considerations that provide guidance for instructors on how they can implement social media in the classroom.

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