Semester

Spring

Date of Graduation

1999

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Type

MS

College

Reed College of Media

Department

Not Listed

Committtee Chair

Ralph E Hanson

Committee Co-Chair

Kurt E. Schimmel

Committee Member

Roger Ivan Pinnell

Committee Member

Gerald M. Pops

Abstract

The topic for this thesis examines the utilization of senatorial websites by United States Senators as a new communication tool. Three different areas of content will be examined: informational content, interactive content and audio-visual content. Those three areas will be used to examine the differences between Senators in several different ways: gender and race, party affiliation, length of service in the senate, region of the country they represent, urban and rural states, and age of the Senators. The results showed 6 significant findings in the areas of content: Democrats had more informational content; Northern Senators had the best and Midwestern Senators had the least audio-visual content; newer Senators in the senate had more informational content; and younger Senators had more informational, interactive, and total content.

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