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dc.contributor.advisorHisnanick, John
dc.creator
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-22T14:42:01Z
dc.date.available2018-06-22T14:42:01Z
dc.date.created2018
dc.date.issued
dc.date.submitted01/01/2018
dc.identifier.otherAPT-BAG: georgetown.edu.10822_1050891.tar;APT-ETAG: 5b7f63bbf559e1e93457ab33920778f9; APT-DATE: 2019-02-28_13:53:57en_US
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dc.descriptionM.P.P.
dc.description.abstractWe live in an age of rising political cynicism about essentially every major traditional political institution. Yet the advent of the internet has made it easier than ever to get involved in politics – how do these two macro trends interact? To answer this question, this thesis undertook a comparative study of survey respondents from “The Donald,” a community of supporters of President Donald Trump from the popular social media website Reddit, and the general American public as reflected by the American National Election Study (ANES). This thesis attempts to distinguish what makes people on The Donald unique, particularly with respect to their attitudes on the political process, their own political efficacy, and how meaningful they view their online activities to be. It finds that survey respondents had much higher internal political efficacy than the general public, but appear to be drawn to online activism as a result of their unusually low external political efficacy. These sincere-presenting trolls are labelled ‘jesters,’ with significant implications for future political trends in America.
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dc.format.extent79 leaves
dc.languageen
dc.publisherGeorgetown University
dc.sourceGeorgetown University-Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
dc.sourcePublic Policy & Policy Management
dc.subjectDonald Trump
dc.subjectMeme
dc.subjectPolitical Efficacy
dc.subjectReddit
dc.subjectThe Donald
dc.subjectTroll
dc.subject.lcshPolitical Science
dc.subject.lcshPublic policy
dc.subject.otherPolitical science
dc.subject.otherPublic policy
dc.titleDigital Activism: Jesters in the Age of the Internet
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