POLITICAL DISCOURSE AND TWITTER

Open Access
Author:
Guns, Kelcie
Area of Honors:
English
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Dr. Scott Smith, Thesis Supervisor
  • Dr. Xiaoye You, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Political
  • Discourse
  • Twitter
Abstract:
This study examines the use of political discourse, partisan language, and gendered language in the media, specifically focusing on the social media platform Twitter. Language can be used to persuade, manipulate, and alter the public’s perception of events and people. Twitter is a new phenomenon that changes and provides new examples of political discourse every day. Within the past few years, the political functions of this social media site have increased drastically, being used by government officials to disseminate information in a unique and unprecedented way. Findings reveal the serious implications of these language choices on the public, and the way that specific tweets can incite political movements.