Date of Award

Fall 12-21-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Christina Zarcadoolas

Second Advisor

Dr. Jessie Daniels

Academic Program Adviser

Dr. Yukiko Koga


Twitters efforts to silence pro-IS users has been largely unsuccessful. I apply discourse analysis techniques to better understand why that is. The findings demonstrate that Twitter’s account suspension campaign is outmatched by a community that now values account suspensions as a right of passage. I propose a new method.



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