Award Date

1-1-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Committee Member

Gregory Borchard

Number of Pages

101

Abstract

This thesis analyzes the phenomenon of the Ultimate Fighting Championship from a media perspective to illustrate the ability of contemporary television, especially with its emphasis on "reality" based themes, to take an activity, event, or group of people previously marginalized and to give them an elevated status in the eyes of the viewer. The goal of this thesis is to [1] provide an analysis regarding a historical representation of American prize-fighting in the media, [2] review the major areas of research related to this topic, [3] identify the evolution of production elements throughout the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and [4] analyze the ability of the producers and commentators of the UFC to implement dramatic narratives throughout each contest to enhance the overall production value and to help the organization gain legitimized acceptability.

Keywords

Championship; Dramatic; Evolution; Fighting; Legitimizing; Packaging; Selling; Storylines; Ultimate

Controlled Subject

Journalism

File Format

pdf

File Size

1.55 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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