Writing and Rhetoric
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

2013 Theses

Patricia K. Ro

Victim Articulation In Mainstream Online News Coverage: A Case Study Of Hurricane Sandy

Coupled with a critical examination of disaster research and disaster myths, and mainstream media's use of frames when reporting on disasters,this thesis draws on Agamben's theory of homo sacer to illustrate the ways in which disaster victims can potentially be marginalized in media accounts. After reviewing existing researh on Hurricane Katrina as an example of marginalization through news coverage, the author performs a frame analysis of Hurricane Sandy news accounts, focusing on how those directly affected by Hurricane Sandy are articulated by carrying in select online news media coverage.

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