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Meme World Syndrome: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the First World Problems and Third World Success Internet Memes

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Date Issued:
2013
Abstract/Description:
This thesis applies the theory and method of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to examine the ideological components of the First World Problems (FWP) and Third World Success (TWS) Internet memes. Drawing on analytical concepts from CDA and related perspectives, such as multimodal discourse analysis and social semiotics, the paper analyzes the visual and textual elements of a sample of the FWP and TWS memes. The paper argues that the text and images featured in the memes are ideologically salient and discursively construct oppositional binaries between (")us(") and (")them(") in terms of wealth disparity.
Title: Meme World Syndrome: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the First World Problems and Third World Success Internet Memes.
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Name(s): Chandler, Robert, Author
Sandoval, Jennifer, Committee Chair
Kinnally, William, Committee Member
Walls, Douglas, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis applies the theory and method of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to examine the ideological components of the First World Problems (FWP) and Third World Success (TWS) Internet memes. Drawing on analytical concepts from CDA and related perspectives, such as multimodal discourse analysis and social semiotics, the paper analyzes the visual and textual elements of a sample of the FWP and TWS memes. The paper argues that the text and images featured in the memes are ideologically salient and discursively construct oppositional binaries between (")us(") and (")them(") in terms of wealth disparity.
Identifier: CFE0004828 (IID), ucf:49761 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-08-01
M.A.
Sciences, Communication
Masters
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Subject(s): communication -- critical discourse analysis -- discourse -- ideology -- memes -- first world problems -- third world success -- inequality -- critical
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004828
Restrictions on Access: public 2013-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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