Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
The examination of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) past and present shows a vivid and often extreme organization, branching from Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). Both groups were formed by Larry Kramer, who has played a large role in the gay liberation movement in the United States. This study provides a map of the decline of ACT UP with regards to the decline in public fear of AIDS, the resulting decline in public interest, and the ineffective leadership strategies of Larry Kramer. In addition, this study offers a hypothesis for better exposure; a possible symbiotic effect between the Internet (passive) and humanistic (active) devices. In mapping ACT UP's use and misuse of leadership and communication, this study will provide a clear view of the path ACT UP has taken, in addition to posing a better way of promoting information to current audiences.
Aids; Capabilities; Changing; Coalition; Immune Deficiency; Internet; Leadership; Movement; Power; Unleash
Mass media; Political science; Social structure
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Blythin, Kendra Mary, "AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power: Changing through movement, leadership, and Internet capabilities" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1106.