Publication Date

Spring 2018

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Jane Fife (Director), Jeff Rice, Niko Endres

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


In this thesis, I examine the rhetorical strategies in Jenn Schiffer’s satirical conference talks in which she comments upon her own tech community. In part, I consider her arguments under the theoretical lenses of Burke, Epicurus, and Camus, theories placed alongside the reflective writing of Ullman as a queer woman in that selfsame community. I also discuss the pedagogical opportunities of such an analysis–of tech conference talks in general–to the modern student in our technologically-connected age. Finally, in the long term, I plan to connect the outcomes of this project to a larger project in partial fulfillment of a doctorate degree in Information Science, a project which will investigate the feedback loops between policy, software development, users of information and communications technology (ICT), and humanistic self-expression.


Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Epistemology | Other Rhetoric and Composition | Rhetoric