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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies

First Committee Member

Gary Larson

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In the roughly fifty years since television programming began, the medium has gone from being a mere novelty to a major cultural force. Television is pervasive and widespread---nearly every home in America has one. It is hard to deny that because of its presence in our culture that some of its messages get through. My project is centered on the extent to which those messages affect the lives of its viewers; The purpose of the project is to examine music as a rhetorical form by analyzing a ten-minute segment of "America's Most Wanted" (AMW) on the Washington D.C. sniper case in October 2002. Various theories will be employed to help investigate the ability of the show's music to heighten the emotions of the viewers. The goal is to bring further awareness to a topic not often ignored in the world of academia. Music is a norm in popular culture and its presence will only continue to grow.


America; Audio; Music; Rhetorical Use; Wanted

Controlled Subject

Mass media; Music

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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