Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Kelly Reames (Director), Dr. Christopher Ervin, Dr. David Lenoir

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


A creative exploration of the consequences of public speech in the era of freely accessible, social media, as the author, a former elections official, records and explores the consequences of public dissent in the case of President Barack Obama’s eligibility controversy. This non-fiction narrative culminates with the author’s analysis and observations on both his personal experiences and the state of public speech and political power in contemporary America.


Communication Technology and New Media | English Language and Literature | Rhetoric | Social Influence and Political Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies