Student Research

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The following master's theses have been completed by students in the MA in Media Studies program to date.

( Note: hyperlinks are included for theses that were submitted to Scholarship@Western and are now available through Western's Electronic Theses & Dissertation Repository. Those without hyperlinks are not currently available through the e-repository).

Titles

Del Pino, Alan. The Representation of the Canadian Government's Warrantless Domestic Collection of Metadata in the Canadian Print News Media.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, October 2017
Supervisors: Jacquie Burkell and Pam McKenzie
Rashid, Shahad. Mapping the Arab Diaspora: Examining Placelessness and Memory in Arab Art.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, October 2017
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Griffin, Darcy. (Not) One of the Boys: A Case Study of Female Detectives on HBO.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, September 2017
Supervisor: Susan Knabe
Pieber, Darryl A. A Place for Locative Media: A Theoretical Framework for Assessing Locative Media Use in Urban Environments.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2017
Supervisor: Anabel Quan-Haase
Fanning, Jessica. Shifting Temporalities: The Construction of Flexible Subjectivities through Part-Time Retail Workers' Use of Smartphone Technology.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, October 2016
Supervisor: Sarah T Roberts
Campbell, Jaime. Law and Abuse: Representations of Intimate Partner Homicide in Law Procedural Dramas.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, September 2016
Supervisor: Sasha Torres
Britten, Charlotte. Finding Your Way: Navigating Online News and Opinions.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2016
Supervisor: Jacquie Burkell
Leclerc, Roberto. Satirical News and Political Subversiveness: A Critical Approach to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2015
Supervisor: James Compton
Colbeck, Kristen. Navigating the Social Landscape: An Exploration of Social Networking Site Usage among Emerging Adults.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2015
Supervisor: Anabel Quan-Haase
Madrenas, Clara. Media Literacy and the English as a Second Language Curriculum: A Curricular Critique & Dreams for the Future.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, November 2014
Supervisor: Amanda F. Grzyb
Bayer, Alanna. Evangelizing the "Gallery Of the Future”: A Critical Analysis of the Google Art Project Narrative and its Political, Cultural and Technological Contradictions.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2014
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Spence, Jennifer. Labours Of Love: Fan Labour, Cultural Products, and the Monetization of Fandom.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2014
Supervisor: Susan Knabe
Eisner-Levine, Amy. Man Versus Food: An Analysis of ‘Dude Food’ Television and Public Health.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, June 2014
Supervisor: Daniel Robinson
Almon, Trevor. The Imaginary Life of Revolt: Alienation, Nostalgia, and the Digital Mediation of the Radical Subject.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2014
Supervisor: Alison Hearn
Devlin, Matt. Cultivating Better Brains: Transhumanism and its Critics on the Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement Via Brain-Computer Interfacing.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2014
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Macklem, Lisa. We're on This Road Together: The Changing Fan/Producer Relationship in Television as Demonstrated by Supernatural.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, December 2013
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Elias, Gabe. Manufacturing Legitimacy: A Critical Theory of Election News Coverage.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, October 2013
Supervisor: James Compton
Chiang, Sam. Anonymous: Exploring Polemics and Non-Identity.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, September 2013
Supervisor: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Morgan, Danielle. Money, Morals, and Human Rights: Commercial Influences in the Marketing, Branding, and Fundraising of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, September 2013
Supervisor: Daniel Robinson
Blazevic, Charles. Distinguishing the “Vanguard” from the “Insipid”: Exploring the Valorization of Mainstream Popular Music in Online Indie Music Criticism.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2013
Supervisor: Matt Stahl
Rotstein, Cari. Online Social Breast-Working: Representations of Breast Milk Sharing in the 21st Century.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, December 2012
Supervisors: Pam McKenzie and Romayne Smith Fullerton
Viteo, Kayley. Day of the Woman?: Feminism and Rape-Revenge Films.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, December 2012
Supervisor: Alison Hearn
Butosi, Craig. Social Net-working: Exploring the Political Economy of the Online Social Network Industry.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2012
Supervisor: Samuel E. Trosow
Baxter, Sarah. Watching High School: Representing Disempowerment on Teen Drama Television.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2012
Supervisor: Paulette Rothbauer
Lukacs, Veronika. It's Complicated: Romantic Breakups and Their Aftermath on Facebook.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2012
Supervisor: Anabel Quan-Haase
Phippard, Trisha Marie. The (m)Health Connection: An Examination of the Promise of Mobile Phones for HIV/AIDS Intervention in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2012
Supervisor: Sandra Smeltzer
Raymond, Justin. Born Again Hard: Transgender Subjectivity in Paul Chadwick's Concrete.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2012
Supervisor: Susan Knabe
Harvey, Daniel. The Invisible Genocide: An Analysis of ABC, CBS, and NBC Television News Coverage of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, February 2012
Supervisor: Amanda F. Grzyb
Lai, Jessica. A Frame Analysis of NGO Literature on Internet Censorship in China: The Case of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters Without Borders.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, November 2011
Supervisor: Sandra Smeltzer
McGuigan, Lee. Commodity Audience,Commodity Everything: Interrogating T-Commerce in the United States Cable Industry.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, September 2011
Supervisor: Edward Comor
Armstrong, Breanne. Watching You, Watching Me: Representations of Female Fans and Fan Communities in Academia, News Media and Popular Culture.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2011
Supervisor: Susan Knabe
Martin, Channelle. A Black Girl Named After a Plantation: The Case of Tara Thornton and Ironic Racism in Alan Ball’s True Blood.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2011
Supervisor: Sasha Torres
Hiltz, Emily. A Force of Nature: The Maternal Appetite of Good and Evil Women in "Snow White," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Rapunzel.".
Master of Arts in Media Studies, June 2011
Supervisor: Romayne Smith Fullerton
Hunt, Daryl. Terror Out of Context: Jacques Ellul's Technique Applied to National Security Problems from the Red Scare to 9/11.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, October 2010
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Kjosen, Atle Mikkola. An accident of value: A Marxist - Virilian analysis of digital piracy.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2010
Supervisor: Bernd Frohmann
Afsahi, Nazgol. A Discourse Analysis of Transsexuality Through Three Fields: Expert Knowledges in Legal, Medical and News Texts.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2010
Supervisor: Amanda F. Grzyb
McGeagh, Brendan. From Canada For the World: National Myth and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2010
Supervisor: Sharon Sliwinski
Pedri, Jennesia. The limitations of fidelity in the novel-film adaptation of Peter Pan, Where the Wild Things Are, Alice in Wonderland, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Twilight Saga.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2010
Supervisor: Lynne McKechnie
Wheal, Stacey. What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks?: Exploring Literacy Discourse via 'Net Gen' Adaptations of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, June 2010
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Rogers, James. Killer Vacations' and 'Murder Music: The Discourses of Gay Identity, Consumerism, and Race in the Gay-Dancehall Confrontation.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, May 2010
Supervisor: Susan Knabe
Pirie, Maeghan. Collaborating Dialogues: Filmmaking Practices of Barb Cranmer, Shelley Niro, and Alanis Obomsawin.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2010
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Preston, Melanie. Situating the Stage, Playing the Field: The Politics of Location in Leaky Heaven's Ziggurat.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2010
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Cornell, Kerstin. The Antioch Debacle: A Corporatist Misadventure in Higher Education.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, December 2009
Supervisor: Sasha Torres
Cohen, Dustin. Objet Petit (a)vatar: Psychoanalysis, Posthumanism and the Question of the Self in Second Life Student.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, November 2009
Supervisors: Alison Hearn and Sharon Sliwinski
Nelson, Craig Harris. Adult Swim: Reflexivity as an Entertainment Television Brand.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, September 2009
Supervisor: Amanda F. Grzyb
Carrocci, Lindsay. Representing the Promotional University: Undergraduate Student Recruitment Strategies in Ontario, 1997-2007.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, June 2009
Supervisor: Daniel Robinson
Gladstone, Lia. Locating the 'Act' in Activist Art: Exploring the Pedagogical Possibilities of 'My Life in 5 Minutes' For Feminist Students.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, June 2009
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Murray, Cameron. Multiform Narratives in the Heterotopic Space of Technoscience: A Critical Instance Case Study of a Western Canadian Genomics Research Facility.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, June 2009
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Luedecke, Patricia. The Guilded Goddess at the Gate: Idyllic Industry, Blooming Myths and Cybersilence in the Garden.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2008
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Noon, Derek Robert. Machines for Living: The Situationist International and Videogames.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2008
Supervisor: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Schmalz, Michael. The Not-So-Long Tail of Digital Play.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2008
Supervisor: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Williams, Sherilyn. Crafting Resistance: Handmade Culture as Third-Wave Feminist Response to Consumerism.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2008
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Young, Alyson. Defacing the 'Book: Examining Information Revelation, Internet Privacy Concerns and Privacy Protection in Facebook.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2008
Supervisor: Anabel Quan-Haase
Black, Toban. Hypermodern Ecological Degradation: An Innisian Critique.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, June 2008
Supervisor: Robert E. Babe
Preston, Jeffrey Michael. Augmented Ability, Integrated Identity: Understanding Disability, Adaptive Technology and the Construction of Identity.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, June 2008
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Svec, Henry Adam. The World Can’t Tell You How You Are: The Actors’ Studio, Inside the Actors Studio, and the Performance of Being.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, June 2008
Supervisor: Alison Hearn
Arntfield, Michael. Version 5.0: A Genealogy of Technological Determinism in Modern Law Enforcement & the Rise of the Television Police Drama.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2007
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Kish, Zenia. In the Eye of Hurricane Katrina: How a Media Storm Brought America’s Third World into Public View.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2007
Supervisor: Sasha Torres
Pietrzyk, Kamila. Exit from the Myopic Impasse: Social Movement Strategy in the Age of the Internet.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2007
Supervisor: Edward Comor
Cruz, Trent. Gaming the Good War: Playing World War II Video Games in the Shadow of the War on Terror.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2007
Supervisor: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Zomer, Arielle. Tuning Into CFPL: The Role of CFPL-AM and CFPL-FM Radio Stations in Building and Maintaining a Local Community Identitiy in London, Ontario 1922-2007.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2007
Supervisor: David Spencer
Timmins, Rachel. Crisis, Collapse, Creation: A Virilian Examination of Technological Penetration and Its Effect on Identity.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, June 2007
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Armstrong, Matthew. Is Terrorism Dialogue?.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2007
Supervisor: Sasha Torres
Dick, Maren. Cross-media Youth Programming, Critical Pedagogy and the Case of RENEGADEPRESS.COM.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2007
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Shepherd, Tamara. Identity, Embodiment and Subversion in Pro-Anorexia Weblogs.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2007
Supervisor: Alison Hearn
Swain, Stephen. Mediated Heroism: A Discourse Analysis of the Hero Image of Pat Tillman.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2007
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Ward, Kadie. The Creative City and the Creative Class(es): How they restructure the local in the city of London, Ontario.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2007
Supervisors: Tim Blackmore and Joy Parr
Elias, Rebecca. Democratic Illusions: Mythic Heroism and National Fantasy in Post-9/11 Superhero Films.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, December 2006
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Arbour, Joe. Bring Us Back to the Future, Not Forward to the Past: The Modernist Sensibilities and Postmodern Anxieties of Exclaim! Magazine.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, November 2006
Supervisor: Keir Keightley
Jacques, Alison. The Pretty Accused: Evelyn Dick in the Press and Popular Culture, 1946-2006.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2006
Supervisor: Daniel Robinson
Manzerolle, Vincent. The Consumer Database, Consumer Sovereignty, and the Commercial Mediation of Identity in the United States.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2006
Supervisor: Edward Comor
Schach, Emily. Icon of Consumption: The Cosmo Girl and the Commodification of Femininity, 1965-1975.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2006
Supervisors: Alison Hearn and Daniel Robinson
Song, Melody (Chang). Editing Culture: Chinese-Made Movies' Exoticization of Chineseness.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2006
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Micheti, Anca. Epidemics and their Meanings: Representations of SARS in Canadian Newspapers.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, July 2006
Supervisor: Jacquie Burkell
Harris, Rhea. America in the End Zone: Football, Nationalism, and the New England Patriots.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2006
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Kudirka, David. Shooter: Character in Video Games.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2006
Supervisor: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Carr, Ryan. Insubstantial Life: Theoretical Conversations on Media and their Role in Determining (?) Culture.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2005
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Papayanis, Alena. Soldiering for President: John Kerry’s Vietnam Veteran Campaign in the Age of the Iraqi Frontier.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2005
Supervisor: Tim Blackmore
Wong, Anna. Representation of the Self in Online Chat Rooms: Identity Play.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2005
Supervisors: Jacquie Burkell and Catherine L. Ross
van der Veen, Jon. Information and the Mind-Matter Divide: Unpacking the Works of Gregory Bateson and Kenneth Boulding.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, May 2005
Supervisor: Robert E. Babe
Zeffiro, Andrea. Ready-to-Where?: The Cultural Politics of the Runway Space.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, November 2004
Supervisor: Carole Farber
Kerr, Kate. Living to die': The Culture of Hip Hop Death.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, September 2004
Supervisor: Sasha Torres
Solursh, Catherine. Claiming our Groove: Female Club DJs and an Exploration of Gender and Technology.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, September 2004
Supervisors: Carole Farber and Keir Keightley
West, Peter. Perceptions of 'Anonymity' Online: Exploring the Concept of Anonymity in an Online Context from the Perspective of the Individual Experiencing It.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, September 2004
Supervisor: Jacquie Burkell
Adams, Kristin. Melodrama as an Educational Tool: Children’s Television and the Case of Degrassi Junior High.
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2004
Supervisor: Sasha Torres





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