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January 2016

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First Advisor

Kelly Young


This dissertation traces algorithmic citizenship as it is constituted through war on terror discourse. Utilizing Ron Greene’s rhetorical materialism, this project analyzes corporate discourse along with presidential address and policy to map how they interpellate citizens’ subjectivity. Specifically, the dissertation follows George Bush’s presidential rhetoric as he defines the war on terror and invites the public to participate. Then the dissertation examines how the political discourse associated with government 2.0 is also an economic discourse that works to articulate citizenship alongside consumerism. The next chapter follows the presidential rhetoric of Barack Obama as he intensifies the surveillance and war fighting rhetoric identified with George Bush and IBM. Finally, the dissertation maps the communicative function and role played by whistleblowers and theorizes how the interactive values of government 2.0 and algorithmic citizenship offer the potential for rhetorical agency.

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