Date

6-2017

Degree Name

BS in Graphic Communication

Department

Graphic Communication Department

Advisor(s)

Gordon Rivera

Abstract

This project will assess mediums of communication used to create and spread political propaganda, namely from print to digital. The development of graphic communication may provide interesting correlation of how values and ideas are visually represented in society and how the people have reacted to shifting politics. This project is inspired by the recent political climate in the United States, and the continuous impact the media has on the public throughout the many visual forms of communication. Inspiration is also drawn from the advancement of technology in the graphic communication industry. This allows for greater ease of access for the public to create a variety of content—leading to the birth of the internet meme.

Thus, people may be more likely to engage in the phenomenon of participatory media, in which individuals engage in political discourse through their desired means of communication on social media. The purpose of this study is to consider the methods that socio-political discourse is extended through social media, and how these means contribute to the reaction to social issues and political alignment which results in activism.

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