The sounds of red and blue America: dissecting musical references to "red state" and "blue state" identity in print media during the 2004 presidental campaign

MOspace/Manakin Repository

Breadcrumbs Navigation

The sounds of red and blue America: dissecting musical references to "red state" and "blue state" identity in print media during the 2004 presidental campaign

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4517

[-] show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Zoe en
dc.contributor.author June-Friesen, Katy en_US
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.coverage.temporal 2004 en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T17:47:09Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T17:47:09Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2006 Summer en
dc.identifier.other .b58876984 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4517
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file viewed on (June 26, 2007) en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2006. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Journalism. en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores how the print media used references to music to indicate "red state" and "blue state" identity during the 2004 presidential campaign. Through a textual analysis of more than 30 newspaper and magazine articles, it analyzes how print media employed sound representations or references to music to connote voter identity and regional culture. Bringing together cultural theory, sound theory and visual theory, this thesis investigates how sound representations, like images, work to shape and reflect cultural ideologies in media. The primary investigation is how references to sound in print media work to construct and reconstitute identity. Specifically, this research looks at the media's employment of musical references to the "cultural divide" and how music became an extension of political beliefs. It explores how campaigns and media used rock and country music genres to represent geographic regions and cultural values. Further, it explains how both genres have become aligned with certain politics depending on historical and political moments. By analyzing how print articles discussed campaigns, musical genres and musicians' political actions, this research works to dissect the representations of red and blue America with which we have become so familiar. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2006 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mass media -- Political aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sound in mass media en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Presidents -- Election -- Press coverage en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Journalism -- Political aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Patriotic music en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Popular music en_US
dc.title The sounds of red and blue America: dissecting musical references to "red state" and "blue state" identity in print media during the 2004 presidental campaign en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Journalism en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.type.genre Electronic books en_US
dc.type.genre Electronic dissertations en_US
dc.type.genre Freely available online resources en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2006 Theses


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

[-] show simple item record