PostSecrets: The Evolution of Secret Telling Through ...

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PostSecrets: The Evolution of Secret Telling Through Postcards and Web 2.0 Technologies

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Pham, Jacklynn
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Knievel, Dr. Michael
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Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming
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2009-05-15

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Synthesizing research in genre studies, media, and visual rhetoric, this study will investigate the impact that postcard composing and Web 2.0 technologies have on the nature of secret telling as a cultural and rhetorical practice. Using PostSecret, an online community art project where people reveal a secret about themselves via a homemade postcard sent to a blog audience, I will examine 1) the visual/textual composition of the PostSecret postcards and 2) sample the online discussion surrounding the postcards. To study composition, a convenience sample of University of Wyoming students will be shown the text of a PostSecret and asked to provide their interpretations of the secret. Next, they will be shown the postcard as a visual/textual whole and be asked how the inclusion of an image does or does not change their impression of the secret. I will also study the nature of online discussion spawned from PostSecret by observing the interactions within forums and by surveying online participants about how the act of secret telling has shaped their involvement in the PostSecret community. As a result of this study, I intend to highlight the ways PostSecret and current Web 2.0 technologies have expanded the rhetorical context for secret telling.
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From - Undergraduate Research Day 2009 - Celebration of Research - Abstracts
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secret telling

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postcard composing

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Web 2.0 technologies

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Undergrauate Research Day 2009

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